More on mega drug investigation Project Shoreham’s impact on the Muskoka Region has been released....
You will remember that officers were able to determine that the drugs were arriving in Simcoe County from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and then being trafficked to other locations in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka including Wasaga Beach, Gravenhurst, Huntsville and Bracebridge.
Police arrested and charged 29 people with 279 Criminal Code of Canada and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) offences.
In addition to the arrest of these people involved in the identified drug trafficking network, the investigation led to the seizure of:
648.5 grams of fentanyl,
11,378 grams of methamphetamine (meth),
3,704 grams of cocaine,
seized 3 handguns, 2 rifles and 1 shotgun,
nearly $24,000 in Canadian currency,
six high-end motor vehicles which included three Mercedes Benzs, an Audi, a BMW, a 2019 Toyota Tundra pickup truck, and $20 000 in stolen property from a recent break and enter (still in boxes).
OPP say the District of Muskoka has been affected tremendously by the ongoing opioid crisis in our province.
Year-to-date statistics show that police have responded to 12 overdose-related deaths and 33 non-fatal overdose occurrences in Muskoka - and these stats only represent the occurrences that officers were actually called to.
Not only has the District of Muskoka been affected by fatal and non-fatal overdose-related occurrences, but the link between substance use disorder and property crimes, break and enters and thefts is high, which affects members of these communities greatly.
In addition to the widespread opioid crisis, the OPP have identified an increase in the use, trafficking, importation and production of meth in Ontario. Meth is the most prevalent substance in the Canadian illicit drug market and is expected to continue to grow due to its availability and demand. Frequent meth use presents as a challenge for law enforcement due to the elevated aggressive and violent behaviours associated, and there is a direct correlation to the increased risk for committing violent crimes.
Amongst the charged are 14 people from Huntsville, 5 from Gravenhurst, 3 from Port Sydney and 2 from Bracebridge.
They are being identified today by police at the link under the headng 'addendum of people charged':