Regional police have made ten arrests in connection to an ongoing investigation into vehicle and trailer thefts in the region.
The month-and-a-half long investigation, dubbed Project Bronco, resulted in two residential search warrants in Kitchener and Cambridge.
The investigation resulted in 10 people between the ages of 29 and 57 being arrested, and 80 Criminal Code charges, as well as 12 Controlled Drug and Substances Act Charges were laid.
The following items were seized through the investigation:
- 22 stolen vehicles (valued at approximately $200,000)
- Six stolen trailers (valued at approximately $70,000)
- Approximately 590 grams of suspected cocaine
- Approximately 182 grams of suspected methamphetamine
- Approximately 1 kilogram of suspected purple fentanyl
- Approximately 4.9 grams of suspected heroin
- Approximately 700 pills, including hydromorphone and other controlled substances
- Stolen property valued at over $150,000
- Approximately $42,000 in Canadian currency
- A sawed-off shotgun
- Approximately 150 rounds of ammunition
The total street value of the drugs seized in this investigation is approximately $225,000.
The Kitchener search warrant took place in the area of Kingsway Drive and Sixth Avenue on June 1, and landed a 57-year-old Kitchener man and a 42-year-old Norfolk County man with several joint charges, including:
- Possess ammunition contrary to prohibition order
- Possession of a firearm contrary to order
- Unauthorized possession of firearm
- Possession of a prohibited firearm
- Careless storage of a firearm
- Theft of a motor vehicle (two counts)
- Possession of stolen property over $5,000 (three counts)
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking (six counts)
The 42-year-old man is facing additional charges from a separate incident, including offences of flight from police, dangerous operation and arson.