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Meth Bust – $250,000 In Stolen Property Recovered – MCLEAN, VANDIEPENBEEK & BEYNEN

(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – On Thursday, May 12, 2022, members from the Grey-Bruce, Middlesex-Elgin, Huron-Perth Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Units (CSCU), along with assistance from West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) executed search warrants at three properties in the Municipality of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. 

Officers searched two properties located on Zion Road and another on Belfast Road. 

Two additional search warrants were later executed on two vehicles. 

As a result of the execution of the search warrants, a total of four individuals are now facing charges and over $250,000 in stolen property was recovered.  

Police also seized suspected Methamphetamine and Hydromorphone with an estimated street value of $3,080. 

Three firearms, ammunition and a compound bow were also seized. 

Some of the stolen property that was recovered included:

  • A zero-degree turn lawnmower
  • A skid steer
  • Four pickup trucks
  • Three motorcycles
  • A side-by-side Utility Vehicle (UTV)
  • An all-terrain vehicle (ATV)
  • A camper trailer
  • Two utility trailers

Police also seized a kit used for changing Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) on vehicles.     

Jonathan MCLEAN, 39 years of age from South Bruce has been charged with:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 16 counts
  • Breach of Firearms Regulation – Careless Storage – 3 counts
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm – 3 counts
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking – 3 counts
  • Altering/Destroying/Removing a Vehicle Identification Number – 2 counts
  • Trafficking in Stolen Goods
  • Fraudulent Concealment
  • Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purposes of Trafficking
  • Possession of Hydromorphone

He remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for May 20, 2022 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

John VANDIEPENBEEK, 41 years of age from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has been charged with: 

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 10 counts
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order – 2 counts
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking – 2 counts

He remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for May 20, 2022 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

Sonja BEYNEN, 22 years of age from Huron-Kinloss has been charged with:

  • Breach of Firearms Regulation – Careless Storage – 3 counts
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm – 3 counts
  • Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purposes of Trafficking
  • Possession of Hydromorphone
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 2 counts

The accused has since been released from court with a court appearance scheduled for June 20, 2022 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich. 

The fourth accused remains outstanding.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.