Drug Bust – Kingston/Toronto


More than 80 charges have been laid and $1.4 million in drugs have been seized after police busted a drug ring operating between Kingston and the Greater Toronto Area.

Police say Project Yuma found the organized drug trafficking operating distributed large quantities of powdered fentanyl, cocaine and crystal meth.

At least 18 people have been charged.

Eight kilograms of cocaine was seized, along with 1.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 3/4’s of a kilogram of powdered Fentanyl, 10 kilograms of marijuana and ½ a kilogram of ecstasy.

750-thousand dollars in cash, assorted weapons and several stolen vehicles were also seized by police.


Local people facing charges:

  • 31 year old Andreas Dristas of Kingston – charged with Trafficking Schedule 1 Substance and Possession of Proceeds Obtained by Crime over $5,000
  • 40 year old Ryan Dennee of Kingston – charged with two counts of Possession
  • 37 year old Jeff Couto of Kingston – charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • 29 year old Matt Mabey of Amherstview – charged with Possession, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5,000
  • 37 year old Richard Tozer of Elginburg – charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Breach of Conditional Sentence


Body – Found


The body of a man has been found in the water near the Royal Military College of Canada.

The body was located by a boater between Milton Island and Cedar Island around 9:30 a.m.

The OPP marine unit and the coast guard retrieved the body.

No information has been released on the identity of the man.


Marine Museum – Highrise


Kingston developer Jay Patry is proposing a 20 storey highrise building for Kingston’s waterfront.

Patry bought the historic dry dock property on Ontario Street from the federal government last year.  The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes moved from the site after failing to negotiate a deal with the developer.

The 20 storey building is proposed for the foot of Union Street.  The development includes a five storey parking garage on the site and redevelopment of the pump house.

It also includes a waterfront pathway and preservation of the dry dock.

A public meeting will be held for the waterfront highrise next Thursday at city hall.


Tall Ships – Pushback


The head of the organizing group for the Tall Ships event in Bath says it is time to replace the current council and clean house in the township administration offices.

William Hineman says criticism of the tall ships event by Loyalist Township staff is completely unwarranted.

A ten page staff report on the tall ships event has prompted Loyalist Township Council staff to prepare a special events bylaw that will require organizers of future events to meet specific logistical and safety requirements.

Hineman refutes everything in the report.  He says the township water supply was never in danger, security was well run and the event put Loyalist Township on the world map.





A 640 kilometre bike ride to raise money for the United Way leaves Kingston today.

20 members of the Ontario Public Service will leave from in Springer Market Square at 9:00 this morning for their trip along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec…then to Ottawa and back to Kingston.

The B4UW (Bike for the United Way) fund raiser has raised over $193,000 since 2012.