Waterloo Regional Police Make Substantial Seizure as Part of Investigation Targeting Drug Traffickers

Posted on Thursday July 05, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  Waterloo Regional Police have arrested five people in connection with an ongoing investigation that focused on illegal drug distribution within Waterloo Region.

As part of a lengthy investigation, dubbed Project Variance, search warrants were executed at three residences on Cedar Street South in Kitchener, Victoria Street South in Kitchener and Nickolas Crescent in Cambridge. Two additional warrants were executed at trailers on Puddicombe Road in New Hamburg and Prouse Road in Ingersoll. A sixth search warrant was executed at an industrial unit on West Avenue in Kitchener.

The following items were seized as a result of the search warrants:

  • 468 grams of suspected Fentanyl/Carfentanil (estimated street value of $140,000)
  • Three kilograms of suspected Methamphetamine (estimated street value of $240,000)
  • 830 grams of suspected Cocaine (estimated street value of $83,000)
  • 320 grams of Marihuana (estimated street value of $1,600)
  • 285 grams of Psilocybin (estimated street value of $2,850)
  • Two Mercedes motor vehicles
  • Two Audi motor vehicles
  • Two Harley Davidson motorcycles
  • Two dirt bikes
  • Approximately $234,000 in Canadian currency

“This is a significant seizure by our officers that will undoubtedly have a substantial impact on our community,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “By focusing on the illegal drug distributors, we are able to disrupt the flow of these deadly drugs before they get into the hands of our children, our friends, our family members and our neighbours. We are facing a serious opioid crisis in our community and to change this we need to go straight to the top, to the people who are making, distributing and profiting from this illegal activity.”

Five people have been arrested:

Mark LUCAS, 31, of Kitchener

Charges:

Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking

Conspiracy to Traffic in a Schedule I Substance

Trevor IMESON, 43, of Kitchener

Charges:

Ten counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking

Two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance

Conspiracy to Traffic in a Schedule I Substance

Kimberly MURPHY, 36, of Kitchener

Charges:

Ten counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking

Two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance

Conspiracy to Traffic in a Schedule I Substance

Patrick LANE, 33, of Cambridge

Charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Conspiracy to Traffic in a Schedule I Substance

Michael TUGHAN, 30, of Kitchener

Charges:

Three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking

Conspiracy to Traffic in a Schedule I Substance

The investigation is continuing and further arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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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