OPP GUNS AND GANGS JOINT FORCES OPERATION SEIZE SUSPECTED FENTANYL AND OTHER OPIOIDS

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BRANTFORD – News – “With the evolving crime in Brantford, our involvement in the Guns and Gangs JFO is significant for our community. Cross-agency collaboration is essential to combat the illicit drug trade other related crime. The impact of these complex investigations is extremely positive for the City of Brantford as well as the surrounding communities. I would like to thank the officers involved for their excellent work and successful operation,” said Brantford Police Service Chief Rob Davis.

Enforcement action by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-led Guns and Gangs Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has resulted in the seizure of suspected fentanyl, hydromorphone and oxycodone. One individual has been arrested for five offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Criminal Code (CC).

The Guns and Gangs JFO began this drug trafficking investigation in October 2022. On November 23, 2022, the Guns and Gangs JFO, OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Brant County Community Street Crime Unit and Brantford Police Service executed five search warrants in the City of Brantford.

As a result, police seized approximately: 190 grams suspected fentanyl, two grams of suspected cocaine as well as a quantity of suspected hydromorphone and oxycodone tablets. The drugs have an estimated street-value of $48,000. Investigators also seized nearly $3,400 in Canadian currency.

Justin KORGANOWSKI-CROMWELL, age 27 of Brantford is charged with the following offences under the CDSA and CC:

  •     Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl – Section 5(2) CDSA
  •     Possession of a Schedule I substance – Cocaine – Section 4(1) of the CDSA
  •     Possession of a Schedule I substance – Oxycodone – Section 4(1) of the CDSA
  •     Possession of a Schedule I substance – Hydromorphone – Section 4(1) of the CDSA
  •     Commit mischief by obstructing, interrupting or interfering operation of property, contrary to Section 430(4) of the CC

Upon arrest, the accused was held for bail and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brantford on November 28, 2022.

“The Guns and Gangs JFO will continue to work relentlessly with all law enforcement partners across Ontario to reduce the harm caused by guns and gangs in our communities. This result of this investigation is just one example of the impact on the opioid crisis in our province, with a significant quantity of fentanyl and other opioids removed from our streets,” stated OPP Acting Chief Superintendent Karen Gonneau, Bureau Commander, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau


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On November 16, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced an investment of $75.1 million to reinforce the fight against gun and gang violence in communities across Ontario, including establishing a Guns and Gangs JFO. The Guns and Gangs JFO is led by the OPP and consists of the following police services: Anishinabek Police Service; Barrie Police Service; Brantford Police Service; Cornwall Police Service; Halton Regional Police Service; Hamilton Police Service; Kingston Police; London Police Service; Niagara Regional Police Service; Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service; North Bay Police Service; Ottawa Police Service; Peel Regional Police; Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Sudbury Police Service; Sûreté du Québec; Timmins Police Service; Toronto Police Service; Waterloo Regional Police Service; Windsor Police Service; and York Regional Police.