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Five people from Kingston and Whitby, including an Outlaws Motorcycle Club “probate,” have been charged by police following a multi-jurisdictional investigation that yielded roughly $400,000 worth of drugs.

Sgt. Ed Cunningham of Kingston Police’s street crime unit, said the force’s investigation into local drug trafficking started in the summer of 2020 and his unit became involved in the early fall. Together, the street crime unit and drug enforcement unit narrowed their focus to the actions of Anthony Straughan, 33, who police say is a probationary member of the Kingston chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Once the investigation focused on Straughan, the Provincial Biker Enforcement Unit became involved, OPP Staff Sgt. Scott Wade said. He noted that Kingston Police are a major partner in the Biker Enforcement Unit.

“While this investigation does not involve criminal organization charges, it certainly highlights the criminal activity that outlaw motorcycle gangs are involved in,” Wade said.

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Police claim Straughan and his associates were selling drugs in the Kingston area. Later in the investigation, police learned residents of Whitby were also involved, Cunningham said.

“They were higher-end drug dealers, and that cell has been disrupted,” Cunningham said. “I would say it will make a serious impact on the cocaine and fentanyl trafficking in Kingston.”

Bringing in assistance from the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit and Durham Regional Police, investigators decided to search four residences on April 24. Two were in central Kingston, one was the Outlaws clubhouse in Wilton, and the fourth was in Whitby.

During the local searches, officers found fentanyl, cocaine, suspected hydromorphone pills, digital scales, cash, prohibited weapons, rifles, body armour and cellphones. Four vehicles were also seized as offence-related property.

Cunningham said some items were seized from the clubhouse but could not say what.

The Outlaws MC said in a statement to the Whig-Standard on Sunday that no one was at the clubhouse at the time of the search and it was later turned back over to its members.

Two men were arrested at the Kingston residences while they were being searched, and Straughan was arrested later, Cunningham said.

Durham Regional Police executed the search warrant at the address in Whitby and found fentanyl, cocaine, cash and also seized two vehicles as offence-related property.

During the searches at the four residences, police seized 381 grams of cocaine, 1,035 grams of fentanyl, approximately $120,000 in cash, an Outlaws MC probationary vest, 42 hydromorphone pills, digital scales, six vehicles, a cash-counting machine, nine long guns and ammunition, a collapsible baton, a conducted energy weapon baton, throwing stars, a crossbow with bolts, a ballistic vest and drug packaging.

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Police estimate the drugs are worth about $400,000 and the vehicles are worth about $250,000.

Police have charged Straughan, who resides in Kingston, with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking, possession of dangerous weapons, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

Adam Allen, 36, of Kingston has also been charged by police with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

Police have charged Nuno Matos, 44, of Kingston with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, careless storage of a firearm, and five counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Durham Regional Police have charged Andres Castrelo, 30, and Diana Ramgobin, 31, both of Whitby, separately with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Cunningham said police are still investigating further firearms offences.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

The Outlaws MC association said in an email to the Whig-Standard that it is shocked by the news release sent by  Kingston Police. It also clarified that a “probate” is not an official member of the association.

The statement claims that no weapons, drugs, vehicles or large amount of cash were seized from the clubhouse.

The association said it would not support those charged through the court process and stood by the statement on its website that says it is not a criminal organization.

Straughan’s “Probationary Outlaw” vest was likely seized because it was relevant to the charges, Wade said.

“The vest and the colours are important to outlaw motorcycle gangs because it’s how they project or show their power,” Wade said.

Wade said the investigation did not reveal whether Castrelo, Ramgobin, Mato or Allen are also members of the Outlaws MC. The association said it has no idea who the four are.

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