Haliburton Highlands OPP has laid a total of 21 charges against three people as part of an ongoing investigation into a theft and drug ring.

In a Nov. 1 press release, Haliburton Highlands OPP said detectives with its community street crime unit are investigating suspects in a multi-jurisdictional theft and drug operation.

Police arrested and charged three locals in connection with the investigation so far.

“Since September 2019, police have been piecing together information regarding thefts and drugs connecting Haliburton County, Muskoka and Bancroft areas,” the press release said.

Police have also recovered items as part of the investigation, including skid steers, trailers, boats and snowmobiles.

The press release said the 38-year-old Sean Peter Martin of Minden Hills has been charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and three counts of possessing a controlled substance – two for codeine, one for cocaine.

The 42-year-old David Jonathan Mongrain of Dysart et al is charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, four counts of theft over $5,000, possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000, possessing property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possessing a controlled substance (cocaine).

The 28-year-old Shelby Lorraine Montgomery of Minden Hills was charged with two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, possessing property obtained by crime over $5,000 and three counts of possessing a controlled substance – two for codeine, one for cocaine.

Police said the accused are scheduled to make separate first appearances at the Ontario Court of Justice in Lindsay.

Anyone with information about the thefts or suspects involved with the ring is asked to contact the Haliburton Highlands OPP detachment at (705)286-1431 or the provincial communication centre at (888)-310-1222. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at (800)-222-8477 or www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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