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Investigation leads to drug-related arrests

Three people face charges as a result of an investigation while another person was arrested on an outstanding warrant
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Since 2018 members of the Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit, Opioid Unit and the St. Catharines Street Crime Unit with the Niagara Regional Police Service conducted a joint investigation in to the sales of crystal methamphetamine and fentanyl from apartments within the apartment building located at 8 Queenston Street in the City of St. Catharines.

At approximately 2 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2019, police executed two search warrants on apartments in this building believed to be involved in this drug trafficking operation.

As a result, police located six persons inside with three facing criminal charges as a result of the investigation. One of these persons was found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest. 

Police seized crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $16,800 and $1,200 in currency believed to be proceeds of these drug sales.

Arrested and charged are 52-year-old St. Catharines resident John Shred for possession for the purpose of trafficking crystal methamphetamine and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime; 44-year-old Brantford resident Troy Berton for possession of a schedule I substance; and 43-year-old St. Catharines resident Carrie-Lynn Litke for possession of a schedule I substance.

Police located 25-year-old St. Catharines resident Michelle Vanhelvert who had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. 

Shred and Vanhelvert were held pending bail hearing on Friday, Jan. 18, 2018.