Nearly $625,000 drug and stolen vehicle bust leads to charges for Niagara Falls man

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Published March 6, 2024 at 4:26 pm

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Niagara Police say they found $184,000 worth of drugs during a raid.

A man has been charged in connection to a $625,000 drug and stolen vehicle bust in Niagara Falls.

Earlier this year Niagara Police received reports of several stolen vehicles and launched an investigation. Officers believed the vehicles had been given new vehicle identification numbers and remained in operation around the region.

At the end of the investigation, Niagara Police, with help from the OPP and Halton Police, raided several homes across Niagara Region.

The raids allegedly discovered five stolen cars and two stolen motorcycles along with a ton of drugs. These included;

  • 2.6 kilograms of cocaine
  • 2.8 kilograms of meth
  • 2,050 oxycontin pills
  • 7 kilograms of cannabis, and
  • 75 cannabis vape pens

All told the vehicles are worth more than $400,000 while the drugs are worth about $184,000. Police additionally found about $40,000 in cash bringing the total haul up to about $624,000.

Bernie Visca, 50 of Niagara Falls, is charged with 12 offences including multiple counts of possession of stolen property and drug possession with intent to traffic.

“The Niagara Regional Police Service is a member of the provincial strategy to prevent auto thefts and conducts investigations in partnership with Ontario Police Services and International Partners,” Niagara police wrote, “This investigative initiative has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General, allowing the NRPS to create the Auto Theft Investigation and Prevention Unit.”

 

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