Four people are facing a total of 13 charges with over $21 000 in illicit drugs seized following a four month long investigation.

 

The Niagara Regional Police Special Investigative Services Morality Unit, Opiate Education and Enforcement Unit and the Guns Gangs and Grows Unit started an investigation targeting individuals trafficking in controlled substances in the beginning of 2018.

This month, police concluded the investigation with the execution of six search warrants under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and they say that the following persons were arrested and are now facing the following alleged charges:

Matthew Baltzis 25 years of St. Catharines
- Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under $5000

Scott Clapp 53 years of Welland
- Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under $5000

Nicholas Keighan-Scordino 20 years of Niagara Falls
- Breach of Recognizance 145
- Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Benzodiazepine for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under $5000

Charlene Pizzi 19 years of Niagara Falls
- Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Benzodiazepine for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime

As a result of the investigation police seized a quantity of cocaine, benzodiazepine and marihuana valued at about $21,000. Police also seized currency and related trafficking paraphernalia. A 2011 Hyundai Genesis automobile was also seized as offence related property.

Baltzis, Clapp and Pizzi were released from custody with a future court date. Keighan-Scordino was held in custody for a bail hearing that took place on Friday May 11, 2018 at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines.

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