Police nab 400 grams of cocaine in alleged drug busts near Caledon

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Published November 24, 2021 at 11:43 am

Four people have been arrested and officers seized more than 400 grams of cocaine, fentanyl and psychedelics in reported drug busts north of Caledon.

Last Thursday, police officers from Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Dufferin detachment say they served two search warrants in Orangeville and East Garafraxa, about 25 kilometres northwest of Caledon.

Police say members of the Caledon and Dufferin Street Crime Units assisted with the investigation which resulted in officers recovering 400 grams of cocaine, as well as psilocybin, fentanyl, LSD and OxyContin.

Officers also recovered $10,000 in Canadian currency and a number of cell phones, according to a release.

Michael Stapleton, 23 from East Garafraxa has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Traffic in Schedule I substance – Cocaine
  • Possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – other drugs
  • Unauthorized Possession of weapon
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000

Derek Dibattista, 53, from Orangeville has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Traffick in Schedule I substance – Cocaine

Kyla Winchester, 19, from East Garafraxa has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – other drugs
  • Possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of Trafficking
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of weapon
  • Possession of proceeds obtained by crime over $5000

Dana Pirie, 36, from Orangeville has been charged with:

  • Traffick in Schedule I substance – Cocaine
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

The four accused parties are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville in January to answer to the charges.

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