CK police briefs – Friday, January 11, 2019

Police arrest alleged drug dealers during roadside stop

A 29-year-old Chatham man and a 31-year-old Chatham man are both charged with drug trafficking after police pulled over a vehicle on Park Avenue East in Chatham Thursday night.

Chatham-Kent police said the officer who stopped the vehicle at around 10 p.m. learned that one of the men inside was wanted for failing to comply with his curfew, adding that a search of the men allegedly turned up heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine.

Both of the men were charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and later released with conditions and a future court date.


Traffic stop leads to a pair of arrests

In a separate traffic stop Thursday, police arrested two men in their 40s who are both accused of multiple crimes.

Police said an officer pulled a vehicle over on King Street near Inshes Avenue in Chatham after recognizing the passenger in the vehicle as a suspect wanted for two separate shoplifting incidents at the Canadian Tire in Blenheim.

After the man was arrested, he was also charged in connection with a shoplifting incident at No Frills in Wallaceburg earlier this month.

As a result of the investigation, a 49-year-old Chatham man was charged with three counts of theft, three counts of possession of stolen property and later released with conditions and a future court date.

Police said the 46-year-old St. Thomas man who was driving the vehicle was also arrested after officers learned that he was allegedly wanted on an outstanding warrant in connection with a fraud investigation.

Police allegedly found some cocaine on him as well after they searched him.

The accused was charged with fraud-related offences and drug possession and later released with conditions and a future court date.


Charges laid after e-bike, tools stolen

Chatham-Kent police have charged a 46-year-old Chatham man in connection with a theft complaint that was filed back in August 2018.

Police said during their investigation, they learned that sometime between August 4 and August 8, someone had stolen an e-bike, a charger, some tools, and some cash.

Investigators were able to identify a suspect, but they were unable to find him at first, so they issued a warrant for his arrest.

Police say they found the man on Queen Street in Chatham at around 11 p.m. Thursday and arrested him.

A 46-year-old man is now charged with four counts of theft and was later released with conditions and a future court date.


Crash leads to an impaired driving charge

A 21-year-old Ridgetown man is facing an impaired driving charge in connection with a single-vehicle crash on Cathcart Street near Harold Street in Ridgetown.

Police said the crash took place just before 11 a.m. Thursday, adding that police believed the man had been driving under the influence of alcohol, so he was arrested and taken back to police headquarters for further testing.

As a result of those tests, the man was charged with having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit and was later released with conditions and a future court date.