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Major drug bust in Northumberland County

By PETE FISHER, Northumberland Today

A number of items seized from a four month joing operation on display at the Port Hope Police Station on Tuesday October 3, 2017 in Port Hope, Ont. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today/Postmedia Network

A number of items seized from a four month joing operation on display at the Port Hope Police Station on Tuesday October 3, 2017 in Port Hope, Ont. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today/Postmedia Network

A shotgun, rifle, taser, cocaine, cash, marijuana and other items were seized by the Port Hope Police, Ontario Provincial Police and Cobourg Police as part of Project Backwood, concentrating on trafficking of illicit substances including Fentanyl, methamphetaqmines and opiods.

The investigation centered on the Grafton area and extended into Cobourg, Port Hope and other parts of Northumberland County, and involved an early-morning series of raids Sept. 29.

Members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Community Street Crime Unit, Tactical Response Unit and Emergency Response Unit executed simultaneous warrants in the Grafton and Colborne area.

In the Grafton area, police seized approximately nine ounces of individually wrapped packages suspected to be cocaine, crack coaine, crystal meth and fentanyl, a total of 360 grams of marijuana, 366 assorted prescription opiates, $3,100 in cash.

Officers also located on the property a large marijuana grow operation (221 plants) with two people guarding the grow in a tent who were in possession of two firearms, a 20-gauge shotgun and a .22 calbre rifle.

Ten people were taken into custody. Five were held for bail hearings, two were released on a promise to appear and three were released unconditionally with no charges; police did not release their names.

Charges including possession of controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, unauthorized possession of firearms, production of marijuana, possession of prohibited weapon and possession of property obtained by crime.

In all, $36,000 worth of drugs were found, police said.