(Photo: Dickie Buckshot)UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m.: Four people have been arrested after combined Belleville Police and OPP drug raids today.
Uniformed officers, members of the Community Street Crime Unit and Emergency Response Team executed warrants at a number of homes in the city, including on Palmer Road, as part of an investigation into an influx of fentanyl trafficking and opioid overdoses.
32 year-old Josh Parks is charged with a count each of trafficking heroin and methamphetamine, along with a count of possession of proceeds of crime and three counts of breaching probation.
40 year-old Lisa Smith is also charged with a count each of trafficking heroin and methamphetamine, as ell as a count of possession of proceeds of crime.
37 year-old Brian Wright was charged with one count of breaching probation and 38 year-old Randolph Johnston was charged with one count of drug possession.
Smith, Wright and Johnston were released with August 13 court dates, while Parks was held for a bial hearing today.
Despite reports on social media, Belleville Police say the raids were not connected to yesterday’s incident at the Comfort Inn in Belleville.
Police are not confirming details, however emergency officials are on scene at a high rise in west end Belleville.
A source to Quinte News says officers were called to 179 Palmer Road, across from Centennial Secondary, where ERT, the OPP and Belleville Police responded.
The call came in around 7:30 p.m.
Nothing has been confirmed by police, however the source tells us that the situation may be connected to the distress call at the Comfort Inn on North Front Street in Belleville.
We are awaiting confirmation and an update from city police.