Principal in Project Cardiff sentenced

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – An Ingleside man and the main target in the O.P.P. Project Cardiff drug bust last summer will spend 24 days in jail.

Matthew Collins, 35, was sentenced Thursday (Aug. 10) after he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana (under 30 grams) and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Collins also has to pay $460 in fines.

The 24 day jail sentence (with six days credit for pre-trial custody) was on the proceeds of crime charge while the marijuana possession charge resulted in a $260 fine.

A court breach charge was withdrawn by the Crown.

Collins was the main suspect, focused on by the O.P.P. Drug Enforcement Unit in 2016, during their investigation called Project Cardiff.

Collins was among nine people arrested in the drug sweep in South Stormont and South Dundas.

At that time, Collins’ home on Maple Street in Ingleside and a property owned by Collins on Duffys Road near Osnabruck Center were among 10 properties searched.

Police had seized 3 grams of marijuana and $16,730 in cash. 

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