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An upswing in the use of the powerful drug fentanyl has brought with it an increased level of police scrutiny of the street drug trade. For those caught in the dragnet, the potential repercussions are severe. Two southwestern Ontario men are now facing drug trafficking charges after being targeted by a months-long police investigation.
Two men were arrested on Sept. 21, 2016 by Waterloo Regional Police on Lester Street, not far from both Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. As a result of the arrest, a search warrant was executed, and a home in Guelph was raided. All of this sprung from a WRPS guns and gangs investigation that began in the spring of 2016.
A large quantity of drugs was found in the home, including an estimated $78,000 worth of what is believed to be heroin and meth, and possibly fentanyl. A significant sum of money was also seized during the raid. Charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, and other drug offences, are a 35-year old man from Waterloo and a 43-year old Guelph man.
Defence against drug trafficking, and other illegal substance charges is a daunting challenge, especially when what seems like compelling evidence is presented. Despite the severity of these sorts of accusations, however, any person charged with a drug crime has the right to a fair trial, and a chance to present his or her case. Having the assistance of a lawyer from a criminal defence firm experienced with drug law in Ontario is the best way of assuring one’s day in court is as effective as possible.
Source: Kitchener-Waterloo – CBC News, “Waterloo, Guelph men charged in drug bust“, Kate Bueckert, Sept. 23, 2016