‘Project CARDIFF’ drug bust, slew of charges

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Ten charged in area drug bust

INGLESIDE — Ten area individuals are facing drug-related charges as a result of a recently concluded police investigation.

The OPP Drug Enforcement Unit released information yesterday (Aug. 3) about Project CARDIFF, a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) investigation into a 34-year-old Ingleside man that wrapped up July 28.

None of the allegations against those charged has been proven in court.

The Cornwall-based Drug Enforcement Unit says that search warrants were executed at 10 sites, including two properties connected to Matthew Collins, 34 — a Maple Street residence in Ingleside and a Duffy’s Rd. lot in South Stormont. At the house, police report finding three grams of marijuana and $16,730 in Canadian currency.  Collins has been charged with possessing under 30 grams of marijuana, failing to comply with probation order, and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000, according to police. The accused was held in custody pending a bail appearance in Cornwall Court.

A search also took place at the Baldwin Street, Cornwall, residence of Jeff Pond, 42, where police say they turned up 1313 methamphetamine pills, 61 marijuana plants, 55 marihuana plant clones, six pounds of marijuana bud, 9 grams of Cannabis resin, 84 unknown pills, 85 vials of an unknown substance, 0.5 grams of an unknown powder, 60 oxycodone pills, 63 grams of psilocybin, 5.7 grams suspected cocaine, $10,060 Canadian currency and $2,926 US currency. According to police, Pond, who was held in custody pending a Cornwall Court bail appearance, is charged with several drug possession-, production- and trafficking-related offences as well as possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Police also searched the Fifth St., Morrisburg, residence of Michael Francis, 35, where they report finding 125 grams of Cannabis resin, 103 grams of Cocaine, 34 Oxycodone pills, 79 percocet pills, 29 grams of marijuana Bud and $870 Canadian currency. Held in custody pending a bail appearance, Francis is accused of possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000 as well as a few drug possession- and trafficking-related charges.

Fifty-three-year-old Eldon Collins of South Stormont was also held in custody pending a bail hearing, after officers discovered a 22-caliber long gun and shells, 75 grams of cannabis resin, 144 grams of marijuana bud, 8.9 kilograms of marijuana shake and 39 marijuana plants at his Duffy’s Rd. address. He’s accused of three firearms-related charges, a couple of drug possession- and trafficking-related charges, and a count of producing marijuana.

According to police, the following items were also seized at the following locations, resulting in the following charges against individuals who were released and due in court next month:

• 22 grams of cocaine, 17 methamphetamine pills and $840 Canadian currency at the County Rd. 29 residence of Monique Garlough, South Stormont. Garlough, 44, is charged with Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine, and Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 – in Canada.

• 52 grams of cannabis marijuana, three grams of cannabis resin and 218 unknown pills at the North Lunenburg Rd. residence of Rodney Beckstead, South Stormont. Beckstead, 47, is charged with Possession of a Schedule II substance for the purpose of Trafficking- under 3 kg, Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 – in Canada and Possession of a Schedule II substance- Cannabis resin – over 1 gram.

• five grams of cannabis marijuana at the County Rd. 15 residence of Calvin Zeron, South Stormont. Zeron, 25, is charged with possessing under 30 grams of marijuana.

• 26.7 grams of cocaine, eight marijuana plants and $900 Canadian currency from the Duffy’s Rd. residence of Jason Whiteland, South Stormont. Whiteland, 31, is charged with Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine; Produce a Schedule II substance – (cannabis marijuana); Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000 – in Canada, Careless storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited device or ammunition; Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm; Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm.

• 13 grams of Cannabis marijuana and 281 grams of cannabis marijuana shake at the Broken Second Rd. residence of Steven Prunner, South Dundas. Prunner, 49, is charged with Produce a Schedule II substance – (cannabis marijuana); and Possession of a Schedule II substance – cannabis marijuana – over 30 grams.

The investigation also apprehended Robert Corbett, 35, of South Dundas, who was held in custody pending a bail hearing after being charged with three counts of failing to comply with recognizance.

Numerous police units assisted with the 10 search warrants as part of Project CARDIFF, including the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team, and the Cornwall Community Police Service.

 

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