Project Riptide results in weapons and drug seizures

On April 26th, 2024 the Saugeen Shores Police Service’s Criminal Investigations and Drug Unit, in conjunction with policing partners, executed four search warrants in the municipalities of Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, and Brampton. As result of these search warrants, five people have been charged with numerous criminal and drug related offences.

Police seized illicit drugs with an estimated street value of $126,000. In addition to the drugs, officers seized two handguns, one rifle and prohibited devices.

A complex investigation, of this nature, requires significant resources and funding. Funding provided by the Ontario Government, Criminal Investigations Service of Ontario (CISO) supported this Saugeen Shores Police Service joint project.

β€œThese seizures are extremely significant,” said Saugeen Shores Chief Kevin Zettel. Β β€œAs a result of Project Riptide several prohibited devices, firearms, and a large quantity of illicit drugs are no longer available on our streets.”

Assisting agencies included – CISO, OPP Grey-Bruce Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), OPP Huron-Perth CSCU, OPP Wellington CSCU, OPP Elgin-Middlesex CSCU, OPP Oxford-Brant CSCU, Peel Regional Police Service, Guelph Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service and West Grey Police Service.

All charged were held for bail.

19-year-old male from Saugeen Shores:

  • Possession of a prohibited device x 2
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Possession of property obtained by crime

49-year-old male from Saugeen Shores:

  • Trafficking – cocaine x 3
  • Possession of prohibited device x 2
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime

35-year-old male from Saugeen Shores:

  • Trafficking (cocaine)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Possession – psilocybin

45-year-old male from Kincardine:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – fentanyl
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – psilocybin
  • Possession of proceeds of crime
  • Possession of a prohibited device
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm x 2
  • Possession of a firearm knowing serial number has been tampered with
  • Possession for the purpose of distributing
  • Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling

39-year-old male from Brampton:

  • Trafficking – cocaine x 6
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – fentanyl
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – psilocybin
  • Possession of proceeds of crime
  • Possession of a prohibited device
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm x 2
  • Possession of a firearm knowing serial number has been tampered with
  • Possession for the purpose of distributing
  • Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling