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8 People Charged In Drug Bust - Meth, Date Rape Drug and Cocaine Trafficking Charges
Date: 2012-06-05 10:47:15
By: OPP

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) - On Friday, June 1st, 2012, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau - Drug Enforcement Unit, Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit and Organized Crime Team - with the assistance of West Region ERT, West Region Canine, and Perth County OPP, executed six (6) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants at locations in the Municipality of North Perth, Perth County, Ontario.   Four (4) of the search warrants were executed at residences situated on Wallace Avenue, Elma Street, and Queen Street, while the remaining search warrants were executed at a business situated on Industrial Row.  An additional Controlled Drugs and Substance Act search warrant was executed at a residence situated on Main Street in Palmerston, Ontario.

As a result of the execution of the search warrants, police investigators seized methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis marihuana, and GHB (Date Rape Drug).  Offence related property was also seized that consisted of cash and trafficking related paraphernalia.  The estimated street value of the combined controlled substances is $6,729.00.  The estimated street value of the offence related property is $3,045.00

The individuals listed below, were arrested and charged with the following offences in conjunction with this investigation:

Kyle MACKENZIE - Male - Age 27 (Listowel).
Charged:        Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
                      Possession for the purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
                      Possession of Cannabis Marihuana

Summer HILL - Female - Age 25 (Listowel).
Charged:        Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
                      Possession for the purpose of Trafficking Methamphetamine
                      Possession for the purpose of Trafficking GHB

Kristopher WEDGE - Male - Age 26 (Listowel)
Charged:        Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
                      Possession for the purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
                      Fail to comply with probation order

Matthew JAMES - Male - Age 26 (Listowel)
Charged:        Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
                      Possession of Methamphetamine
                      Possession of stolen property under $5,000 (2 counts)
                      Fail to comply with probation order (3 counts)
                     

Joshua DRUMOND - Male - Age 20 (Palmerston)
Charged:        Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
                      Possession of Methamphetamine
                      Fail to comply with probation order (3 counts)
                      Fail to comply with undertaking

Brandon BLAKE - Male - Age 21 (Listowel)
Charged:        Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Methamphetamine
                Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking GHB

Kevin BENSON - Male - Age 49 (Listowel)
Charged:       Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Methamphetamine
                      Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking GHB

Bethany MACDONALD - Female - Age 25 (Listowel)
Charged:        Possession of Cannabis Marihuana
                Possession of Cocaine


MACKENZIE, HILL, WEDGE, JAMES, and DRUMOND were remanded in custody awaiting bail hearings.  WEDGE and JAMES will be appearing for bail on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012.  DRUMOND and HILL will appear on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012, while MACKENZIE is scheduled to appear on Friday, June 8th, 2012.

BLAKE, BENSON, and MACDONALD were released from custody.  Their first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, in Stratford Court.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Perth OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).







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