London pair facing human trafficking and drug charges

Two men are facing multiple charges following a human trafficking investigation by members of the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Middlesex OPP Crime Unit.

On August 30th, police received information that a female was being physically and sexually victimized by two men who were known to her.

On August 31st members of the OPP Elgin-Middlesex Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU) and the Middlesex OPP Crime Unit, assisted by members of the London Police Service, executed search warrants on a vehicle and a residence in London. As a result of this warrant, a third man was arrested and subsequently charged with narcotics related charges.

As a result of this investigation, a 23-year-old man from London was arrested and charged with the following offences pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA):

  • Assault x 6
  • Traffic in Persons x 4
  • Assault with a Weapon x 3
  • Distribute Intimate Image Without Consent
  • Uttering Threats
  • Theft Under $5000
  • Mischief Under $5000
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Controlled Substances x 2
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking

This accused remains in custody pending a future bail hearing.

A second 23-year-old man, also from London, was arrested and charged with the following offences pursuant to the CCC and the CDSA:

  • Traffic in Persons
  • Distribute Intimate Image Without Consent
  • Possession of a Controlled Substances x 2
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order

This accused has appeared in a London court and has been released from custody and is scheduled to answer to the charges at the Ontario Court of Justice in London.

A 24-year-old from London was arrested and charged with the following offences pursuant to the CDSA:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substances x 2
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking

This accused was released on a Promise to Appear (PTA) and is scheduled to answer to the charges at the Ontario Court of Justice in London.

There is no information to suggest that there are additional victims in this case.

Anyone with information regarding this or any similar investigation is encouraged to contact the OPP anytime, anywhere, in the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com where you are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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