Three busted in Niagara police drug raid, over $120,000 in fentanyl and other opiates found


Published November 9, 2022 at 8:41 pm


Three people face drug trafficking charges following a weeks-long investigation into the Thorold drug trade.

The Niagara Regional Police Major Drugs and Gangs Division launched an investigation into drug sales in the city in October.

Weeks later, on November 7, police got permission from a judge to raid a home near Ormond St. and Townline Rd in the city’s northeastern reaches. The area is home to both houses and businesses and sits moments away from the Welland Canal.

After the raid police had the three men in custody and seized 478.4 grams of suspected fentanyl and 285 opioid pills suspected to be hydromorphone, Dilaudid, and oxycodone. Generally, 2 mg of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose.

Overall police estimate the drugs have a street value of $121,025.

David McComb, 29 of St. Catharines, has been charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to traffic and possession of oxycodone for trafficking. He is also charged with failure to follow a previous release order.

Raymond Joyce, 33, and Rena Strickland, 38, both of Thorold, have also been charged with two counts of possession with intent to traffic for both the fentanyl and oxycodone.

McComb was held in custody until a bail hearing on November 8. At the hearing, he was remanded into the custody of Ontario Correctional Services.

Joyce and Strickland were released from custody with conditions. They will appear in court in St. Catharines on January 12.

Anyone with information can call Niagara police at 905-688-4111, dial option #3, ext. 1009320, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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