Two Charged In BV Drug & Gun Bust

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Two people from Bonnechere Valley face a long list of charges after a drug and gun bust in the township this week.

Specialized provincial police team moved into a home on Cormac Road on Wednesday, and seized more than 100 cannabis plants, a large quantity of processed or partically processed cannabis, three prohibited weapons, several guns, and a motorcycle.  

The operation involved the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team of the Ontario Provincial Police along with the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and members of the Killaloe OPP Detachment.

More details from the OPP News Release issued on Thursday:  

Joshua SPRAGUE, age 37 of Bonnechere Valley Township is charged with:

  • Possession - Federal Cannabis Act - two counts
  • Cultivation - Federal Cannabis Act

Also charged under the Criminal Code with:

  • Possession of restricted firearm
  • Possession of loaded restricted firearm
  • Careless storage of firearm - five counts
  • Unsafe storage of ammunition
  • Possession of prohibited weapon - three counts
  • Possession of firearm while prohibited - six counts
  • Possession of explosive while prohibited
  • Possession of a crossbow while prohibited
  • Possession of ammunition while prohibited
  • Altering/Destroying Vehicle Identification Number

Erin DIETRICH, age 38 of Bonnechere Valley Township is charged with:

  • Possession - Federal Cannabis Act - two counts
  • Cultivation - Federal Cannabis Act

Also charged under the Criminal Code with:

  • Possession of restricted firearm
  • Possession of loaded restricted firearm
  • Careless storage of firearm - five counts
  • Unsafe storage of ammunition
  • Possession of prohibited weapon - three counts
  • Altering/Destroying Vehicle Identification Number

The accused have been remanded in custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Renfrew on September 9, 2019.

The OPP is continuing to lead an enforcement strategy which includes other Ontario police services. This strategy will reflect actionable intelligence on illegal cannabis operations. The focus of the strategy is to dismantle organized crime groups, eliminate the illegal cannabis supply, remove illegal cannabis enterprises such as store fronts and online and target the proceeds of crime and assets.