LONDON, ON (November 24, 2017) – Drugs valued at more than $100,000, including suspected fentanyl, guns, ammunition and a bullet-proof vest were seized by the London Police Service Guns and Drugs Section from a Waterloo Street residence on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
The Guns and Drug Section, assisted by members of the Uniformed Division, executed a search warrant at the residence at approximately 4:30 pm and arrested two individuals. The total value of the drugs seized is $109,265.
The seized items include:
- Two loaded firearms, one of which had been reported stolen in October 2017 to Middlesex OPP
- A bullet-proof vest
- More than 100 rounds of ammunition
- 25 grams of suspected fentanyl, valued at approximately $2400 – the substance has been sent to Health Canada for testing
- 866 grams of methamphetamine valued at $86,660
- 95 grams of crack cocaine valued at $9500
- 135 Hydromorphone capsules valued at $ 3375
- 52 grams of cocaine valued at $5200
- 99 morphine tablets valued at $2970
- 117 grams of marihuana – $ 1170
- Small amounts of methadone, Oxycodone and Phenacetin
- A cocaine press and $5000 in cash
Facing a total of 35 Criminal Code and Controlled Drug and Substance Act charges are Phillip Gerard Vanderploeg, 32, and Jessica Leigh Robson, 32, both of London.
Both are charged jointly with the following Criminal Code offences:
- Three counts of careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device, or ammunition
- Two counts of possessing a loaded regulated firearm
- Two counts of unlicensed person possess a prohibited or restricted weapon
- Possession of property obtained by crime
Both accused are also charged with the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act offences:
- Seven counts of possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking
- One count of possession of a Schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking
Phillip Vanderploeg is further charged with:
- Three counts of possessing a firearm, cross-bow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, any ammunition, or an explosive device while prohibited from doing so
Both are expected to appear in court November 24, 2017.