Dryden Police Crackdown Leads to Drug Trafficking Charges

Dryden OPP

DRYDEN – NEWS – The Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), supported by the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), has brought charges against a resident of Dryden.

The operation culminated on March 18, 2024, when, shortly after 4:00 p.m., 60-year-old John KING was apprehended in the vicinity of Mary Avenue, within the City of Dryden. The arrest marked the beginning of a successful crackdown on local drug trafficking activities.

Collaborative Effort Unearths Drug Operation in Dryden:

Following the initial arrest, the police action escalated with the execution of a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a Mary Avenue residence around 6:00 p.m. This search unveiled a considerable haul of illegal substances, including fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, hydromorphone pills, and oxycodone pills, alongside over $9,000 in Canadian currency and materials indicative of drug trafficking operations.

Significant Seizure: Drugs and Cash Confiscated:

This discovery has highlighted the extent of the drug trafficking issue within the community, with law enforcement seizing a significant quantity of illicit drugs and proceeds from these criminal activities.

Legal Consequences: Charges Filed and Court Dates Set:

As a result of the thorough investigation, John KING now faces multiple charges under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. These charges include five counts of possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

KING has been remanded into custody at the Kenora District Jail, with a court appearance scheduled for March 21, 2024, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora.

The Dryden OPP’s efforts underscore a committed stance against the trafficking of illicit drugs within the community. The public is encouraged to contribute to this fight against drug trafficking by reporting any related information to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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