Fire leads to drug charges

Barrie police returned to the scene of a fire this morning, armed with search warrants obtained after emergency crews responding to the fire Saturday night found something suspicious.
Saturday night, a fire and an explosion in a southeast Barrie house was extinguished by the two occupants, both 31, by the time fire crews arrived. However, during an investigation it was discovered the cause of the fire was the manufacture of a controlled substance. The men were arrested.
Monday morning, members of the Barrie Police Service Criminal Investigations Division, Drug Squad and Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office executed search warrants on the residence and seized a quantity of drugs and related paraphernalia. Cash in the amount of $9,505 was also seized.
Both men face charges of arson, production of cannabis resin, production of marihuana, possession of marihuana and possession of cannabis resin.

In other police news

Curious about damage to the front end of a vehicle, a Barrie police officer quizzed the owner about it but failed to get a reasonable answer.
Later Saturday morning police took a call about extensive damage at the city bus shelter. Debris at the site was matched to the vehicle that had been stopped by the officer.
The driver, 22, was contacted. Upon arrival at the police station he confessed to his actions, and was charged with failing to report damage to city property and careless driving.

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