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Huron OPP report drug charges; and warn of emergency scam

By: Huron County OPP
February 9, 2018
 
 

GODERICH MAN FACES CHARGES DRUG CHARGES

(GODERICH, ON) - Thursday, Feb. 8, the OPP Community Street Crime Unit, with the assistance of the Huron County OPP, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence on Suncoast Drive in Goderich.

As a result of the execution of the search warrant, police seized cocaine, cannabis marijuana, and cannabis resin (solid, liquid and edibles). The estimated, combined street value of the seized controlled substances is $24,900.

Police also seized offence-related property that consisted of drug-trafficking paraphernalia and cash. The estimated, combined value of the offence-related property is $1,700.

Patrick KELLY, 26, of Goderich is charged with Possession of Cocaine, Cannabis Marijuana and Cannabis Resin (solid) for the Purposes of Trafficking. He is also charged with Possession of Cannabis Resin (liquid).

He has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for March 19, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

*THESE CHARGES HAVE YET TO BE PROVEN IN COURT*

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

OPP WARNING - EMERGENCY SCAM REMAINS ACTIVE

(HURON COUNTY, ON) - The Huron County OPP is warning residents, in particular seniors, to be wary of the "Emergency Scam" following a recent case in the Municipality of Bluewater.

Unfortunately for this couple, they are now out $1,000 after falling victim to this scam, sometimes referred to as the "Grandparent Scam."

This particular case followed a similar script that has happened to many other victims all over Canada. The couple, a female in her late 70s and a male in his 80s, received a call from someone pretending to be their grandson. The grandson said he had been in an accident and had been arrested and now his lawyer wanted to speak with them. 

At that point, the scammer told them their grandson had been out celebrating, got into a car crash and sustained a broken nose. He was also arrested by the police for blowing just over the legal limit. The scammer also stated the judge felt sorry for their grandson because he was a nice boy and was going to release him if he paid for the damaged vehicle. All they had to do was pay $2,500 and their grandson would be released from jail.

The lawyer instructed the couple to not tell anyone because the judge didn't want it to be known that he was going to release their grandson. Believing the story to be true, the victims went to their bank and wired $2,500 to the bank account number that was provided to them. 

After the money was transferred, the couple was able to get a hold of their actual grandson and it was quickly learned they were scammed. Fortunately for them, they were able to recover some of the transferred funds but at this time, they are still out $1,000.

The female victim in this story is hoping others will hear about this scam and, ultimately, hang up the phone when such a call is received. 

Please be aware of some these warning signs:
 
  • Urgency - The scammer always makes the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story. 
  • Fear - The scammer plays on the victim's emotions by generating a sense of fear. For instance, he may say, "I am scared and I need help from you."
  • Secrecy - The scammer pleads with the victim not to tell anyone about the situation, such as, "Please don't tell Dad, he would be so mad."
  • Request for Money Transfer - Money is usually requested to be sent by a money transfer company, such as Money Gram, Western Union or even through your own bank institution. 

To avoid becoming a victim, police advise you to first check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information BEFORE sending money or providing credit card information by phone or E-mail. It is vitally important that the incident be reported every time it occurs, to allow police to investigate and prevent others from becoming victims.

If you or someone you know may have been the victim of the "Emergency/Grandparent" scam, contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or on the web at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

FRAUD...Recognize it...Report it...Stop it.

 

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