On June 24, 2013, members of the Division #11 Community Support Unit, with assistance of the Tactical Support Team (TST) and the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Hespeler Ave.
As a result, the following items were located and seized:
- Loaded shotgun & ammunition
- Stun Gun
- Two (2) Machetes
- Over Thirty-one (31) grams of Methamphetamine – street value $4,750
- Canadian Currency
Police have charged the following individuals with several weapons and drug related offences due to their alleged involvement;
- Sergio Vergara (29)
- Allan Lapiere (38)
Both suspects were detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
In 2006, I coordinated an investigation into the criminal exploits of Sergio Vergara, an extremely active criminal who was primarily involved in Thefts and Frauds. As is often the case, Vergara’s crimes increased in seriousness and escalated from these minor crimes to serious offences such as Robbery.
When Vergara’s luck ran out he found himself facing charges in relation to over thirty-one (31) fraudulent credit card transactions, Two (2) Robbery Offences, BE&T x 3, Possess B&E tools, Theft Under x 3 and Highway Traffic Act charges. Two (2) unrelated arrest warrants were also executed at the time of his arrest.
It seems Vergara finally learned the lessons so many criminals have figured out with the evolution of crime in the concrete jungle. Robbery is not a lucrative crime and comes with significant potential for a lengthy period of incarceration. On the other hand, illicit drug trafficking is a highly lucrative criminal undertaking that provides more balance for criminals relative to risk vs reward considerations.
In the end, it’s all about the money.