Waterloo Region, Ontario – Waterloo Regional Police have seized approximately 1.5 kilograms of suspected fentanyl – worth about $450,000 – as part of a lengthy investigation into the trafficking of firearms and drugs in Waterloo Region.
The seizure of suspected fentanyl occurred on October 24, 2017, after investigators executed search warrants at three Kitchener homes, one Cambridge home and one Kitchener hotel. In addition, with the assistance of the West Grey Police Service, officers also executed a search warrant in the town of Durham.
During the searches, approximately 0.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, valued at approximately $40,000, was also seized, along with replica firearms, prohibited weapons, offence related property, stolen property, two stolen vehicles and cash.
“This is a significant drug seizure,” said Superintendent Patrick Dietrich. “We believe that by taking this quantity of fentanyl and other illegal drugs off the streets that we have saved many lives.”
As part of the investigation, police also seized six firearms.
Seven people, three females and four males – have been charged with numerous drugs, weapons and other Criminal Code offences.
- Ashley Lauren BRODERICK, 29, of Kitchener
- Daniel Timothy FOREMAN, 38, of Kitchener
- Matthew Duncan FULLER, 33, of Durham
- Dayna Lynn KARGES, 46, of Kitchener
- Luke Adam MARTIN, 32, of Kitchener
- Cassandra Lyn SANGERS, 22, of Kitchener
- Nicholas William SCHMIDT, 26, of Cambridge
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.