Seven arrested in Joint Forces investigation

On December 1, 2021, several branches of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Owen Sound Police Service (OSPS), including: the OPP Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU), OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Regional Support Team (RST), OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), OSPS Drugs and Intelligence Unit, OSPS Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), and OSPS Community Response and Enforcement Unit (CORE), executed 9 search warrants in Owen Sound and Georgian Bluffs with an additional search warrant executed in the Town of Saugeen Shores on December 3, 2021. This comes after all member of OSPS and OPP initiated a joint forces investigation which lasted several months.

As a result of the investigation, seven individuals were arrested and are facing the following charges:

23 years-of-age male, from Georgian Bluffs

·        Participation in a criminal organization
·        Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
·        Two counts of Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or                           ammunition
·        Unauthorized possession of a weapon
·        Possession of a firearm knowing that a serial number has been tampered with
·        Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000
·        Two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm
·        Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

25 years-of-age male, of no fixed address

·        Participation in a criminal organization
·        Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
·        Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
·        Unauthorized possession of a weapon
·        Possession of a firearm knowing that a serial number has been tampered with
·        Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000
·        Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
·        Two count of unauthorized possession of a firearm
·        Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
·        Five counts of possession for a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order

21-years-of-age male, from Owen Sound

·        Participation in a criminal organization
·        Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
·        Two counts of Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or                           ammunition
·        Unauthorized possession of a weapon
·        Possession of a firearm knowing that a serial number has been tampered with
·        Two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm
·        Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

25-years-of-age male from Richmond Hill

·        Participation in a criminal organization
·        Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
·        Two counts of Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or                           ammunition
·        Unauthorized possession of a weapon
·        Possession of a firearm knowing that a serial number has been tampered with
·        Two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm
·        Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

58-years-of-age male, from Owen Sound

·        Participation in a criminal organization

26-years-of-age male, from Owen Sound

·        Participation in a criminal organization
·        Two counts of possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
·        Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
·        Three counts of unauthorized possession of a weapon
·        Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammo
·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

45-years-of-age male, from Georgian Bluffs

·        Participation in a criminal organization
·        Unauthorized possession of a weapon

At the conclusion of this investigation, officers seized 5 firearms, a quantity of ammunition, 3 prohibited weapons, a large quantity of suspected cocaine, other illicit drugs and Canadian currency. The combined value of the seized drugs and Canadian currency is approximately $65,000 dollars.

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All parties were held in pending a bail hearing and were remanded into custody.