Five Marmora residents arrested on drug charges following searches of two homes

Items seized by OPP in a Marmora drug bust. – Photo supplied by OPP

Police in Marmora have arrested five suspects on drug charges following the search of two residences in the municipality.

In a Feb. 2 media release, police say that on Feb. 1, members of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), assisted by the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine Unit, and members of the Central Hastings OPP Detachment executed two search warrants in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake.

As a result of the search warrants, four individuals were arrested in two separate residences, and a fifth male was located shortly afterwards on foot.

Police say that Christopher Beach, 41 years old, and Jacqueline Fowler, 65 years old, both of Marmora, have been charged with:

·        Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking and

·        Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Kimberly Ranger, 52 years old, Kenneth Bracker, 54 years old and Heather Smith, 65 years old, all of Marmora, have been charged with:

·        Three counts of Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking and

·        Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000.

Ranger and Bracken were additionally charged with another count of Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Charges have not been proven in court.

Beach, Bracken and Ranger were held pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on February 2, 2024.

Fowler and Smith were released with conditions to attend at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on February 22, 2024.

If you are aware of any crimes and you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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