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Ottawa Police help Kingston Police in four-month drug investigation

Ottawa Police officers helped put an end to a four-month Kingston Police drug investigation into street-level drugs in that city's downtown core.

21 people were arrested for drug trafficking and possession and for breaching conditions of bail and probation.

Police seized cocaine, marijuana, ecstacy, and methamphetamines, a total street value of more than 16-thousand dollars.

Ottawa Police Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban says Ottawa Police were happy to provide assistance at the request of Kingston Police Chief Gilles Larochelle, who formerly served as deputy chief in Ottawa.

"We went down, we took a look at what the issue was, we had a couple of days of just sort of seeing what the type of problem was and how we would, what angle we'd go at it and from there it worked out quite well," said Ghadban.

He said he can't divulge how much time Ottawa Police officers spent in Kingston but said it was akin to a neighbour sharing tools to share the expertise officers have with their partners in Kingston.

For Kingston Police, who don't have an undercover street crime unit, the level of expertise that Ottawa Police provided was essential to completing the project to make the downtown core safer.

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