2 arrested as Peterborough police investigation seizes $1M in drugs

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Peterborough police seize over $1 million in illegal drugs
Peterborough police say it’s the largest drug bust they’ve ever made. After an investigation that spanned several months, they’ve seized more than a million dollars worth of illicit substances, along with arresting someone, they call, “a big player” in the local drug scene. This comes as health officials issue a warning on Monday about an increase in drug poisonings. Germain Ma has the details. – Jan 30, 2023

Two people face multiple drug trafficking charges after police in Peterborough, Ont., seized more than $1 million worth of illicit drugs last week, making it one of the largest seizures in the service’s history.

According to the Peterborough Police Service, as part of its investigation, on Jan. 25, drug unit officers, the emergency response team and Durham Regional Police Service officers executed search warrants at several locations in Peterborough and at a Durham Region residence.

Officers located and seized the following items:

  • seven kilograms (15.4 pounds) of crystal meth
  • five kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine
  • 0.5 kilograms (1.1 pounds) of crack cocaine
  • 600 grams (1.3 pounds) of fentanyl
  • three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of Xanax pills
  • 52 Percocet pills
  • 34 hydro morph pills
  • $3,000 in cash combined (Canadian and U.S.)
  • three vehicles

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Jack Goneau, 54, and Regan Morrison, 37, both of Peterborough, were arrested and charged with five counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count each of possession of a Schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking (Xanax) and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Police released the names “as a matter of public safety.”

Both were held in custody and make court appearances on Jan. 25, police announced during a press conference on Monday morning.

Police did not provide details on the investigation, citing that the case is now before the courts.

Chief Stuart Betts said the seizure is one of the largest in the service’s history.

“This is not a small-time drug dealer in our community,” he told reporters. “This is somebody preying on our vulnerable people. When I talk to media and council about ‘big city crime’ trending upward in our city, this is what I’m talking about.”

Pointing at the drugs, Betts said they are “harming families” and “killing people.” He commended the drug unit efforts for their “ongoing commitment to keep the communities safe.”

“We are dedicated to making sure this is off our streets,” he said. “We continue to focus on that and the efforts our members are making.”

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