Seven people arrested for drug trafficking in Chatham-Kent

Drugs seized during Project ‘Fresh’. Image released by Chatham-Kent Police.


Police arrested seven alleged drug traffickers Tuesday, as a result of Project ‘Fresh’.

Over the past six months, members of the Intelligence Section have been gathering information regarding criminal activity in Chatham-Kent.

Police say Jeremy Swistun, 35 years, of Park Street in Chatham has been charged with:

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Cocaine

–    Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking  

–       Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking

–       Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking

–       Possession of Hydromorphone

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing on April 23rd.

Michael VanDusen, 34 years, of Sandys Street in Chatham has been charged with:

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Heroin

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing on April 23rd.

Richard Reycraft, 50 years, of Princess Street in Chatham has been charged with:

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine (4 counts)

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Cocaine (4 counts)

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing on April 24th.

Spencer Wright, 24 years, of Thames Street in Chatham has been charged with:

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Heroin

–       Possession of Methamphetamine

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing on April 18th.

Ivan Hotte, 66 years, of Thames Street in Chatham has been charged with:

–      Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing on April 18th.

Jacques Lachance, 29 years, of Emma Street in Chatham has been charged with:

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing on April 18th.

Benjiamino Turato, 28 years, of Donalda Drive in Chatham has been charged with:

–       Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Heroin (2 counts)

–       Uttering Threats

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing on April 18th.

A Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant was also executed Tuesday at an apartment building on Thames Street in Chatham resulting in another four people being arrested. 

Melvin Manley, 46 years, of Thames Street in Chatham has been charged with:

–       Possession of Heroin

–       Possession of Methamphetamine

–       Possession of Cocaine

–       Possession of Fentanyl

–       Possession of a Prohibited Weapon contrary to a Prohibition Order (4 counts)

–       Possession of a Prohibited Device while knowing the item is Prohibited (2 counts)

–       Failing to Comply with his Release Conditions (3 counts)

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing on May 1st.

Joy Fields, 53 years, of Winter Line Road in Pain Court has been charged with:

–       Possession of Heroin

–       Possession of Methamphetamine

She has been released pending a future court date of May 2nd.

Nichole Fields, 32 years, of Winter Line Road in Pain Court has been charged with:

–       Possession of Heroin

–       Possession of Methamphetamine

–       Possession of Cocaine

–       Possession of Fentanyl

She has been released pending a future court date of May 2nd.

Tawnya Gold, 35 years, of Camden Street in Dresden has been charged with:

–       Possession of Heroin

–       Possession of Methamphetamine

She has been released pending a future court date of May 2nd.

Inspector Trevor Crane said Wednesday: “Yesterday’s arrests highlight the results of ‘Project Fresh’ that specifically targeted criminal activity in our community.  ‘Project Fresh’ was a long and tedious undertaking initiated and coordinated by our Intelligence Section over the past several months.

While the number of arrests and charges are very significant, it is a continuing battle to combat the flow of drugs and related property crimes that result from their sales and use. We have no illusions that this problem is isolated to our community, and we will continue to employ as many investigative avenues as possible to target illicit drugs and property crimes, and those involved in those activities within our community. 

While we are very pleased with yesterday’s arrests, we remain vigilant in our efforts to combat illicit drugs and property crimes in Chatham-Kent.”  

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