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Search warrant leads to numerous drug, theft charges

Police seized electronics, credit cards and identity documents, methamphetamine and more
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Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday

In recent years, the City of Guelph has seen a rise in drug related property crime, including break and enters and auto thefts. In an effort to combat the increase in property crime, the Guelph Police Service established the Break and Enter and Auto Theft Team (B.E.A.T.) in January 2019. The unit has already amassed in excess of 31 charges that include drug possession and trafficking, possession of stolen property, dangerous driving and break and enter.

On Feb. 9, 2019 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the B.E.A.T. unit executed a search warrant at a Waterloo Avenue apartment. Police seized a quantity of stolen property including tools, copper wire, electrical switches, electronics, sunglasses, sports equipment, a number of credit cards and identity documents in various names. Police also seized a large quantity of break and enter instruments, including pry bars, bolt cutters, walkie-talkies, flashlights, wire cutters and drugs, both cocaine (crack cocaine) and methamphetamine (crystal meth).

Britney Lambert, aged 25; and Jason Richardson, aged 34, both of Guelph appeared in bail court and are jointly charged with two counts of possession of stolen property, trafficking stolen property, possession of break-in instruments, two counts of drug possession, possession of stolen credit cards, and possession of identity documents. Lambert is additionally charged with breach of probation and Richardson is additionally charged with carry concealed weapon.