Locked up on Duke St.

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A Chatham man and a Wallaceburg woman face a slew of charges following a raid of a home on Duke Street in Chatham recently.

It began with a woman contacting Chatham-Kent police on Oct. 13, claiming she was held against her will in the home a few days earlier.

Police say the man and woman allegedly assaulted her, threatened her with various weapons, including a firearm, and coerced her into admitting involvement in an unrelated situation. She was then released with a warning not to contact the police.

Following the statement from the victim, police raided the residence.

During the search, officers made a significant discovery. A loaded Glock 9mm handgun, a substantial amount of Canadian currency, and suspected heroin and fentanyl were found at the scene.

The area was secured to ensure a comprehensive investigation, police say, and the officers sought and obtained a controlled drugs and substance warrant.

The Intelligence Unit executed the warrant, which resulted in the seizure of approximately $6,500 worth of heroin and fentanyl, along with a significant amount of Canadian currency.

A 27-year-old Chatham man was charged with forcible confinement, assault, uttering threats, point firearm, assault with a weapon, operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition (loaded), careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a prohibited device, possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order, and three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

A 26-year-old Wallaceburg woman was also charged with forcible confinement, assault, uttering threats, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition (loaded), careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a prohibited device, and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Both individuals were taken into custody, transported to police headquarters, and held pending a bail hearing.

The investigation into the forcible confinement and assault incident is still ongoing, police say, as investigators more people were involved. If anyone has any information that could aid in this investigation, police ask that you contact Det. Const. Mark VanderGriendt at markvan@chatham-kent.ca or by calling 519-436-6600 ext. 207.

 

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