Drug busts in Perth and Smiths Falls lead to multiple charges

Items seized by Perth and Smiths Falls police during a series of drug raids in both towns. – Smiths Falls police photo

A media release from Smiths Falls police states that a joint effort between the Smiths Falls Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) has resulted in multiple charges for several individuals.

Over the past three weeks, seven residential search warrants have been executed, spanning two locations in Perth and five in Smiths Falls. Police state that a residence on McEwen Avenue alone revealed 540 grams of cocaine, alongside cash, scales, a money counter, and casings. Additionally, a search on Pearl Street led to the discovery of fentanyl and ammunition.

Shaun Michael Scott, 33, from Smiths Falls, has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. Christian Clement, 35, also a Smiths Falls resident, faces charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Fentanyl and Possession of Dangerous Ammunition. Nicole Tye, 45, is charged with Possession of MDMA.

Charges have not been proven in court.

Both male suspects are currently in custody, pending bail hearings.

This ongoing collaboration has resulted in the seizure of a substantial amount of illegal substances, including 624 grams of cocaine valued at approximately $62,400, along with fentanyl, MDMA, mushrooms, morphine pills, and crack cocaine. Additionally, officers confiscated ten firearms, multiple rounds of ammunition, laid 66 charges, and arrested 23 individuals. The authorities also seized cash and four vehicles, including a 2022 Dodge Ram pickup, identified as proceeds of criminal activities.

Deputy Chief Jodi Empey of the Smiths Falls Police Service commended the officers from both jurisdictions for their efforts in ensuring community safety. Expressing concern over the lethal implications of seized fentanyl, Empey emphasized the grave risks these substances pose to innocent individuals, including children and law enforcement personnel.

“Drug traffickers prioritize profit over the catastrophic consequences of their actions,” Empey remarked, highlighting the inherent dangers posed by these substances, especially fentanyl, which could potentially cause harm even when treated with naloxone in cases of overdose.

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