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7-month investigation leads to multiple arrests, seizure of $500K worth of drugs: Guelph police

Police in Guelph say they've made multiple arrests and seized nearly 100,000 doses of fentanyl and four firearms after a seven-month investigation.

Drug enforcement unit began investigation earlier this year in wake of opioid overdose death

Police in Guelph say they've made multiple arrests and seized nearly 100,000 doses of fentanyl and four firearms after a seven-month investigation. (Guelph Police Service)

Six people are facing multiple charges after police in Guelph seized an estimated $500,000 worth of drugs and four firearms as a result of a seven-month investigation.

The Guelph Police Service's drug unit began the investigation earlier this year following an opioid overdose death.

"The investigative goal was to identify fentanyl supply chains coming into Guelph and disrupt these chains from causing further harm to our community as well as others," a release sent out on Monday said. 

Three separate fentanyl supply chains were identified and those responsible have been, or will be, arrested, police said.

This is the largest fentanyl seizure ever for the Guelph police, which adds up to approximately 100,000 doses.

Police said information led them to search three addresses — one in Guelph on Sept. 15 and two in the Toronto area on Sept. 14. 

The six people arrested so far are facing over 110 offences, including multiple firearm and drug trafficking charges. Arrest warrants have been issued for five males. Of the suspects, four of them — a female and three males — are from Guelph, and the rest are from the Toronto area. They range in age from 19 to 60 years old.

The followed items were seized as a result of the investigation: 

  • 2.3kg of fentanyl.
  • 907g of crystal methamphetamine.
  • 288g cocaine.
  • one loaded sawed off rifle with a high-capacity magazine.
  • three handguns with ammunition and their serial numbers filed off and.
  • $15,000 in Canadian currency.

With files from The Canadian Press

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