18 charged in London’s largest fentanyl bust

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London police say 18 people, some of them youths, are facing charges after the largest fentanyl bust in the city’s history.

According to police, search warrants were executed at several locations in London and Brampton on Friday. Officers seized over two kilograms of the deadly opioid. Police put its street value at $721,700. They also seized 33 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, a loaded 9 mm handgun, a loaded .32 calibre revolver, and about $55,000 in cash.

The searches were carried out at addresses on Kipps Lane, Boler Road, Forbes Street, Snowden Crescent, Ontario Street, Marconi Boulevard, and Dundas Street in London, as well as at a home in Brampton.

“This is the largest suspected Fentanyl seizure in London police history,” said Detective Sergeant Rob Merrimen of the London Police Service Guns and Drugs Section. “Not only was a large quantity of drugs seized, but a significant amount of cash, and two loaded handguns. The assistance of our partnering police services and the cooperating units within the London Police Service was integral in the safe conclusion of this investigation. The illegal drugs will always be out there, and even though we removed some from the streets, we remain focused on addressing the threats to community safety posed by illegally-possessed firearms and drugs such as Fentanyl.”

Ten adults from London, one from Etobicoke, and three from Brampton face charges. Four youths from London are also charged.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.