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Police seize drugs, weapons in Ramara

By Kristen Smith, Special to QMI Agency

OPP cruiser (Postmedia Network file photo)

OPP cruiser (Postmedia Network file photo)

Following a two-month investigation, Orillia OPP seized $141,000 in drugs and 31 weapons from a Ramara Township residence Saturday.

More than 20 officers attended a County Road 46 residence south of Sebright that evening with a search warrant, OPP said in a media release issued Wednesday.

Police are not releasing any information about what led OPP to the residence because it is “confidential information and part of the investigation,” according to Orillia OPP Const. Shannon Petryshyn.

Three people — a woman and man from Ramara and an Orillia man — are facing charges after police seized 34 pounds of marijuana and 97 grams of hashish, which has an estimated street value of $141,000; 31 firearms, including two handguns and crossbows, and ammunition; and several thousands of dollars.

“Each person had several charges, which came to a total of 52 charges,” Petryshyn said, adding the charges were evenly distributed among the three accused.

Police suspected a large number of weapons were in the residence.

The Tactics and Rescue Unit and the Emergency Response Team executed the warrant. Officers from the Orillia detachment, Street Crime Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit and Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit were also on scene.

“They were there for several hours,” said Petryshyn.

Petryshyn said seizures of this size don’t occur regularly. She noted many of the guns seized were registered and none were stolen.

Police laid 52 criminal charges against the three people arrested at the residence, including possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorized possession of a weapon and firearm, breach of a firearm regulation and knowledge of unauthorized possession of a weapon.

Tina Cleaveley, 43, and Stephen Dunbar, 48, both of Ramara, and Orillia resident Ronald Pattenden, 45, have been charged and released on a promise to appear in court Feb. 19.

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