Two People Arrested After Large Suspected Identity Lab Discovered

Posted on Wednesday May 09, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario Waterloo Regional Police have arrested two Waterloo residents in connection with the discovery of a large suspected Identity Lab.

As part of an ongoing investigation into residential break and enters, a search warrant was executed at a residence on Regina Street in Waterloo on April 26, 2018.

Officers discovered a suspected identity lab that resulted in several items being seized, including:

  • Stolen property, including tools, electronics, vehicle keys, identity documents and credit cards
  • Thousands of dollars in counterfeit Canadian currency
  • 1.5 ounces of suspected fentanyl
  • 2.5 ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine
  • Weapons

It’s believed that the identity documents were stolen from residences, vehicles and mailboxes throughout Waterloo Region, altered and then used to create fraudulent bank accounts and credit cards to generate financial gain.

A 30-year-old male and a 23-year-old female have been charged with numerous offences, including:

  • Break and enter
  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000
  • Possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Uttering a forged document
  • Use and possession of stolen credit card
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Possession of identity documents
  • Possession of counterfeit currency
  • Forgery
  • Identity theft
  • Manufacture counterfeit currency
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl

Additional charges are anticipated as the investigation continues.

Investigators with the Break, Enter and Auto Theft Team, with the assistance of the Fraud Branch, are in the process of identifying hundreds of victims involved in the investigation. Investigators will contact victims directly once they have been identified.

The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind community members to always keep their personal identification documents in a safe place. For tips on preventing fraud and identity theft, please visit www.wrps.on.ca.

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno

Media Relations Coordinator

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773

cherri.greeno@wrps.on.ca

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