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Multiple people arrested after police investigation into Outlaws drug trafficking in Kingston

Currency, weapons, ammunition, scales, drugs, a bullet-proof vest, and an Outlaws Motorcycle Club probationary vest, all seized as a result of Project Stokes, which took place over several months in Kingston and Whitby, Ontario. Photo via Kingston Police.

Five people from Kingston and Whitby are facing a litany of charges after a long investigation, Project Stokes, resulted in multiple arrests.

According to Kingston Police, their Street Crime and Drug Enforcement Unity began Project Stokes in the fall of 2020. The investigation involved the assistance of the Provincial Biker Enforcement Unit (BEU), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit (PAFU), and Durham Regional Police Service.

Kingston Police said the investigation focused on a probationary member of the Kingston chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club (MC) and his associates selling drugs in the Kingston area. That led to members of the Kingston Police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Ontario Provincial Police Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) executing search warrants at two residences in central Kingston on Saturday, Apr. 24, 2021. The same day, a warrant was served at the Outlaws clubhouse in Wilton, Ont.

According to police, searches of the addresses led police to locating fentanyl, cocaine, suspected hydromorphone pills, digital scales, Canadian currency, prohibited weapons, rifles, body armor and cellular phones. Four vehicles involved were also seized as offence-related property.

At the same time, members of the Durham Regional Police Service executed a search warrant at an address in Whitby, Ont. which led to the location of fentanyl, cocaine, Canadian currency, and seized two vehicles as offence-related property.

As a result of the lengthy investigation, the following people have been charged (charges listed):

Anthony Straughan, 33, of Kingston:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Hydromorphone
  • Possession of weapons dangerous to public peace
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000

Adam Allen, 36, of Kingston:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000

Nuno Matos, 44, of Kingston:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Fentanyl
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Five counts of possession of a prohibited weapon

Andres Castrelo, 30, of Whitby:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Fentanyl
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine

Diana Ramgobin, 31, of Whitby:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Fentanyl
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine

Police also seized the following items:

  • 381 grams of cocaine
  • 1,035 grams of fentanyl
  • Approximately $100,000 in Canadian currency
  • Outlaws MC Probationary vest
  • 42 Hydromorphone pills
  • Digital scales
  • Six seized vehicles
  • Money counting machine
  • Nine long guns and ammunition
  • Collapsible baton
  • Conducted energy weapon (taser) baton
  • Throwing stars
  • Crossbow with bolts
  • Ballistic vest
  • Drug packaging

According to police, the value of the drugs seized is approximately $400,000. Police also seized approximately $120,000 in cash, and $250,000 worth of vehicles.

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