Caledon cops help seize $60,000 in cocaine, heroin and cash

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Published April 6, 2023 at 1:34 pm

Police say thousands of dollars in drugs have been taken off the streets after an investigation into cocaine and heroin trafficking in the Collingwood area.

The OPP says officers from the Collingwood detachment received a tip about cocaine and fentanyl trafficking in the Collingwood area several months ago.

Police say officers discovered during the investigation that one of the suspects had been released on bail for previous charges and had failed to attend court.

On Monday (April 3), the OPP say officers conducted a traffic stop in relation to this investigation on Highway 26 in Collingwood and arrested the three occupants of the vehicle.

A search of the occupants and the vehicle found cocaine and a loaded 9mm handgun, police said.

The Collingwood CSCU called in officers from the Caledon, Nottawasaga and Huronia West detachments to search a location in Markham where police say they found a large quantity of cocaine, heroin and cash worth an estimated $60,000.

One person was released without charges but police have laid charges against one man from Markham and a woman from Collingwood.

Police say Franklyn Nolan, 40, of Markham has been charged with:

  • Possession of Schedule I substance (Cocaine) for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Schedule I substance (Heroin) for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Trafficking in Schedule I Substance (Cocaine)
  • Possession of Prohibited Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Possession of a Prohibited device
  • Possession of a Loaded Firearm
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking
  • Fail to Attend Court

Amanda Marino, 34, of Collingwood has also been charged with:

  • Possession of Schedule I Substance (Cocaine) for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking

Police say the accused are in custody pending a bail hearing and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood at a future date. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Anyone with information on this investigation or suspected drug trafficking can call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimestopperssdm.com.

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