Guelph police seize drugs and cash after searches
For the second time in a week police have pulled over a car and seized thousands in drugs and cash. Five people have also been arrested in the investigation.
Guelph Police Sgt. Doug Pflug says "At about 8:00 p.m. the officers went and pulled over a vehicle with four occupants. When the female came out of the vehicle she discarded a package which we later found to be approximately 1.3 grams of crack cocaine."
The search on Wednesday night came after an investigation into 36-year-old Sherri Atkinson, 36, of Guelph, who was allegedly trafficking crack cocaine in the city.
After police stopped the vehicle on Ryde Road, Atkinson allegedly discarded the 1.3 gram piece of crack cocaine while exiting. After she was arrested, an additional 167 Oxycocet pills and $520 in cash were found.
She has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of Ocycodone for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (Oxycodone and Codeine).
Terry Rudd, 48, of Guelph, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was found to be in possession of 1.17 grams of crack cocaine. He has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
Two other Guelph men, Jordon DiLoreto, 19, and Brent Zimmerman, 33, were also in the vehicle. They were both charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
During a further search of the vehicle, officers found an additional 3.55 grams of crack cocaine
Following the arrests, a search warrant was executed at Atkinson's residence, where additional drug paraphernalia, $1,550 in cash, marijuana and prescription medication was seized.
A 16-year-old from Guelph was also arrested at the home and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
In total, 5.92 grams of crack cocaine, 169 Oxycodone pills and eight Codeine pills, with a combined street value of $1500, along with $2070 in cash was seized.
Police say a tip from the public was instrumental in the drug investigation, and more and more helpful calls are coming in. Locals say they are glad police are taking action.
Guelph resident Gabriel McCann says "I've lived in Guelph all my life and as a teenager drugs were always big city problems, but I mean of course Guelph has expanded and I expect there always has been a bit of drug use, but it's gotten more."
Ian Morrison adds "I'm a transit bus driver so I'm downtown every night, and I see the nonsense that goes on down here and I have to deal with the people that are higher than kites down here too. So, most definitely, whatever they can do to get rid of this stuff, I'm for it."