Over $2.6 million worth of drugs seized from Chatham apartment

L-R: Chief Gary Conn and Inspector Trevor Crane. Image released by CKPS.

A 35-year-old Chatham man is facing multiple drug trafficking charges after police seized drugs valued at more than $2.6 million from an apartment Wednesday night.

Cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, cannabis marihuana, hydromorphone, GHB, ecstasy, morphine and fentanyl with a total street value of over $2.6M was seized by members of the Chatham-Kent Police Intelligence Section.  An electronic digital scale, packaging materials, $52,000 in Canadian currency along with a 9 mm hand gun and ammunition was also seized.

Seized Drugs and Cash. Image released by CKPS.

Police say Jonathan Toornstra has been charged with the following drug and weapon related offences:  

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – cocaine

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – methamphetamine

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – cannabis marihuana

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Heroin

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Hydromorphone

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Morphine

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Ecstasy

·         Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – GHB

·         Possession Of A Firearm Contrary to a Prohibition Order

·         Possession Of A Firearm Contrary to a Prohibition Order

·         Possession Of A Firearm Contrary to a Prohibition Order

·         Possession Of A Firearm Contrary to a Prohibition Order

·         Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon

·         Unsafe Storage

·         Possession of a Prohibited Weapon knowing it’s Possession is Unauthorized

·         Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

·         Tampering with a Serial Number

He has been remanded into custody with a bail hearing on April 15th.   

Chief Gary Conn says, “Firstly, I wish to commend all of our officers who worked on this project. This was both a lengthy and tedious investigation requiring the use of many resources. I have been saying for some time now that a lot of our property crime, especially break and enters are tied back to drugs, as there is a direct correlation between these offences.”

Seized Firearm and Ammunition. Image released by CKPS.

“Our Service is committed to mitigating and fighting against the sale and consumption of illicit drugs within our community. The execution of this search warrant and eventual seizure of these controlled substances with a street value of $2,669,290.00 is proof of that commitment. This bust is the largest in Chatham-Kent history, which has resulted in an arrest and 18 drug and weapon related offences,” he continued.

“Habitually, it is just a few drug traffickers who are the main source of bringing drugs into our community. Thankfully today, one of those few has been arrested and more importantly all of these drugs, including a handgun have been removed from our streets. That being said, our efforts will continue to combat these types of offences.”

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