Drug net extends to a Kingston prison

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Remember that late-August $500,000 drug bust where the suspect was released shortly after his arrest? Well, additional charges have been laid in connection with that incident…in an Eastern Ontario prison.

On Aug. 23, Chatham-Kent police raided two spots in Chatham, seizing nearly $500,000 in drugs, including nearly 2.5 kgs. of methamphetamine, more than three kgs. of cocaine, as well as quantities of heroin and MDMA.

Also seized were five handguns and a dozen long guns, ammunition and more than $12,600 in cash.

Police say it was connected to an investigation that began four years ago. That investigation has led to the recovery of about $3.2 million in illicit drugs.

Due to the information gathered in the August bust, and into the preparation and planning of this drug syndicate, police executed an additional search warrant at the Collins Bay Correctional Facility in Kingston.

This led police to ultimately charge two males (one of whom is currently incarcerated as a result of the 2019 investigation and conviction).

A total of 17 drug and weapons charges were laid.

Kyle Matthew Toornstra, 37, of Chatham is charged with six counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, five counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and careless storage of a firearm. He was released from custody with a future court date.

Jonathan Gabriel Toornstra, 40, of Kingston, is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. He is currently incarcerated and will be required to attend court at a future date to answer the current charges.

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