Record meth bust
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London police have put a sizable dent in the city’s growing crystal meth market.
On Thursday (Sept. 6), acting on information they had received to obtain and execute a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) Search Warrant, members of the London Police Service (LPS) Guns and Drugs Unit seized close to $100,000 in illegal drugs from a Princess Street address.
Making up the bulk of the seizure was an estimated $94,000 in crystal methamphetamine.
Detective Sergeant Chris McCoy spoke to the media about the details of the seizure during a press conference at London Police headquarters on Monday (Sept. 10).
McCoy said police have noted a recent increase in the use crystal meth, likely as a possible substitute for the gap created in the illegal drug market due to the absence of Oxycontin and the methods taken to eliminate that drug from the streets.
“There is a void and we are seeing this as a drug to fill that gap.”
McCoy remarked while this isn’t the only drug available on the street, it's presence is growing and there's large quantities of the drug available. Excluding the trafficking of prescription drugs, he ranks crystal meth currently as No. 3 when it comes to non-prescription drugs available, next to marijuana and cocaine.
With the scope of Thursday’s seizure — larger than the total of crystal meth seized by London police over the last five years — McCoy wouldn’t be surprised to see more crystal meth seizures and arrests coming down the pipe. “It is something that is gaining a foothold in the marketplace here and we are going to focus our efforts to see what we can do to stem the flow,” he said.
Seized by LPS from the Princess Street address were:
- 940 grams crystal meth, estimated value $94,000
- 30 grams cocaine, estimated value $3,000
- 776 grams marijuana, estimated value 7,760
- 27 grams hashish, estimated value $540
-$11,620 in Canadian currency
- and $1,056 in American currency
Charged with four counts each of trafficking in a scheduled substance are 36-year old Richard Sims and 26-year old Allis Boyd, both of London.
None of these charges have yet been proven in a court of law.
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