Police arrest 11 people in major drug and gun bust in the Kawarthas

Joint police force investigation saw 13 residences searched in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Bridgenorth, Quinte/Belleville, and Scarborough

Police found these six handguns conealed in a hidden compartment in a car driven by one of the 11 people arrested after a joint police force investigation resulted in 13 search warrants being executed on October 30, 2019 in several communities in and around the Kawarthas. Police also seized significant quantities of drugs, cash, and other weapons. (Supplied photo)
Police found these six handguns conealed in a hidden compartment in a car driven by one of the 11 people arrested after a joint police force investigation resulted in 13 search warrants being executed on October 30, 2019 in several communities in and around the Kawarthas. Police also seized significant quantities of drugs, cash, and other weapons. (Supplied photo)

A major police investigation in the Kawarthas has resulted in the arrest of 11 people and the seizure of a large quantity of drugs, firearms, and cash.

On Wednesday (October 30), police executed a number of search warrants as part of a joint investigation involving the Peterborough Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

In total, police searched nine residences in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, and Bridgenorth as well as three in the Quinte/Belleville area and one in Scarborough.

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Police seized significant quantities of drugs — including cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine — and cash.

Police are still determining the total amounts of cash and street value of the drugs seized.

During the searches, police also seized firearms and other weapons, including six handguns found inside a hidden compartment in a car driven by one of the accused.

During the joint investigation, police seized significant quantities of drugs including cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.  Their street value is still being determined. (Supplied photo)
During the joint investigation, police seized significant quantities of drugs including cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. Their street value is still being determined. (Supplied photo)

Peterborough police say the success of the initiative is due to partnerships developed with the OPP and the assistance of many other police agencies, such as the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service and the Toronto Police Service.

The investigation is still ongoing and police are not releasing the names of the 11 people arrested until they have appeared in court on Thursday (October 31).

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