February 7, 2019 10:57 am

20 arrested, narcotics, guns and money seized in Hawkesbury drug bust

20 people were arrested and drugs, guns and money were seized after 14 search warrants were executed by the OPP and the Sûreté du Québec on Wednesday.

Ontario Provincial Police

The Ontario Provincial Police, in partnership with the Sûreté du Québec, arrested 20 people and seized a large supply of drugs and money in drug bust in Hawkesbury.

Dubbed “Project Amberjack,” Police say 14 search warrants were simultaneously executed in Hawkesbury as well as Grenville, Que., and the surrounding areas. Over 160 officers were involved in the searches.

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Nine of the residences were located in Ontario and five were in Quebec.

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“The individuals arrested today are the ones putting illegal and dangerous drugs into the hands of our children, our neighbours and others in your community,” said OPP Superintendent Bryan MacKillop on Thursday. “The OPP and our law enforcement partners are committed to taking illegal drugs off the streets and relentlessly pursuing those who provide drugs to local dealers.”

“We are not done yet.”

Police say they seized over 3,000 methamphetamine tablets, over half a kilogram of cocaine, 16 fentanyl patches and a variety of other illegal drugs and paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking.

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Police also say they found a large amount of Canadian and United States currency, cell phones, three firearms with ammunition and prohibited weapons and devices.

Five vehicles were also seized.

The majority of those arrested are residents of Hawkesbury and will appear in Ontario court at a later date.

Charges are pending for one of the people arrested and two will appear in Quebec court.

Police say the investigation is continuing and that more charges are pending.

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