OPP arrest 21 people, seize illegal drugs in raids Thursday after months-long investigation

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The Ontario Provincial Police laid several charges against 21 people after executing eight search warrants in Renfrew County on Thursday.

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Police said fentanyl, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine crystals and psilocybin were among the drugs seized. Thousands of dollars in cash were also seized as proceeds of crime. The investigation is ongoing and further arrests and charges are planned.

On the morning of December 2, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrants at several locations in the town of Pembroke, the city of of Renfrew and the Town of Arnprior. The search warrants were executed after a months-long investigation by the Upper Ottawa Valley Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU) dubbed Project Nield. The project focused on drug trafficking in the Pembroke.

Members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Office, Motorcycle Enforcement Unit, Provincial Property Forfeiture Unit, Tactical and Rescue Unit, Emergency Response Team, Regional Support Team, Renfrew County Crime Unit, and members from the Upper Ottawa Valley and Renfrew assist CSCU in the investigation . Ontario Provincial Police detachments.

A detailed press release including the names of those accused and the charges is due on Dec. 6, police said.

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