2 Trenton residents facing drug, weapons charges

Items seized during the Trenton raid. – OPP photo

In an operation conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Quinte West Detachment, in collaboration with the OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), executed a search warrant at a residence on Princess Street, Trenton, which led to the arrest of two individuals.

The operation, which took place at approximately 5:30 a.m. today (Oct. 19), marks a crucial milestone in an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

The suspects, identified as Kristoffer Gardner, a 33-year-old resident of Trenton, and Erica Varley, 31 years old, also from Trenton, were apprehended after police discovered a substantial quantity of suspected fentanyl and various other drugs during the search. Additionally, a firearm, ammunition, and several other weapons were seized from the premises.

Gardner faces a litany of charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking in methamphetamine, opioids, and psilocybin. He is also charged with possession of proceeds of crime, failing to comply with an undertaking (two counts), unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.

Varley, too, has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in methamphetamine, opioids, and psilocybin. She is accused of possessing proceeds of crime, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited device or ammunition, and possessing a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order (two counts).

Both accused individuals were remanded into custody pending a bail hearing scheduled at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Charges have not been proven in court.

The OPP is urging anyone with additional information related to this case to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigation. Further updates will be provided as the investigation unfolds.

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