Chatham man found with $26K worth of suspected meth

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A 31-year-old Chatham man is facing several charges after he was reportedly found with suspected crystal methamphetamine valued at an estimated $26,280.

Chatham-Kent police said the accused was stopped around 10 a.m. last Saturday by an officer while driving with licence plates that were not registered to the vehicle.

The officer also learned the accused was prohibited from driving.

When searching the accused while he was being arrested, police alleged he was found with a large amount of cash, suspected crystal methamphetamine and a digital scale.

The accused was charged with driving while prohibited, possession for the purpose of trafficking, breach of probation and failing to comply with release conditions.

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on Friday, police said.

Traffic stop leads to discovery of stolen items

A traffic stop resulted in theft charges against a 35-year-old Chatham man and a 40-year-old Windsor woman.


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Chatham-Kent police stopped a woman who was speeding on Middle Line shortly after 5 a.m. last Saturday.

Police said she was charged with driving with no insurance and her vehicle was towed from the scene.

Before the vehicle was towed, however, an inventory search was undertaken of several items found in the back seat, including a radio-detection electrical locator, a Honda inverter generator, a battery-operated grease gun, an electrical laser, a sledge hammer, a sledge axe, a set of bolt cutters and a pry bar.

Believing the property was stolen, police said the investigating officer seized the items.

Police allege the items, valued around $8,000, had been stolen from a van belonging to a hydro company from Amherstburg that was parked at a job site on Mersea Road in Leamington.

Later that night, the pair were arrested and charged with being in possession of property obtained by a crime with a value more than $5,000.

They were each given court dates while the recovered property was returned to the owner, police said.