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Kingston Police nab three people in fentanyl sales investigation

Drugs, ammunition, scales, cash, and a sawed-off shotgun seized by Kingston Police in early January 2021. Photo via Kingston Police.
Close up of the fentanyl, cocaine, and another controlled substance seized during an investigation into fentanyl sales in Kingston. Photo via Kingston Police.

Kingston Police have arrested and charged three individuals following an investigation into fentanyl sales in Kingston that began in early January 2021.

According to Kingston Police, the Drug Enforcement Unit’s investigation lead them to an address in downtown Kingston. The team secured a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act warrant, and entered the address on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

Inside the residence, police located two males who were taken into custody by the Kingston Police Emergency Response Unit. The residence was searched with the assistance of the Kingston Police Canine Unit, and a quantity of fentanyl, cocaine, and another controlled substance were located. Police also located and seized a sawed-off shotgun from inside the residence.

The two males were arrested and taken to Kingston Police Headquarters where they were charged with trafficking a controlled substance and numerous weapons offences. A third person was arrested the following day by a patrol officer.

“Police ultimately seized a large quantity of fentanyl and cocaine along with a firearm and Canadian Currency totalling over $29,000 in street value,” Kingston Police said in a press release on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.

As a result, the three individuals were charged as follows.

Janice Ashford, 52, of Kingston, was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking a Schedule 1 substance
  • Three counts of possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace
  • Possessing a prohibited firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Two counts of storing ammunition carelessly
  • Possession of a weapon for committing an offence
  • Possession of a loaded, regulated firearm
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Tyrelle Meredith, 19, of Pickering, was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking a Schedule 1 substance
  • Three counts of possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace
  • Possessing a prohibited firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Two counts of storing ammunition carelessly
  • Possession of a weapon for committing an offence
  • Possession of a loaded, regulated firearm
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000

A 16-year-old male youth from Pickering was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking a Schedule 1 substance
  • Three counts of possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace
  • Possessing a prohibited firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Two counts of storing ammunition carelessly
  • Possession of a weapon for committing an offence
  • Possession of a loaded, regulated firearm
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000
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