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Search warrants executed in relation to November homicide

A man has been charged with drug trafficking, and police expect to make more arrests
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Waterloo Regional Police crest. Erin Anderson/KitchenerToday

There was a heavy police presence in the Vanier Drive area of Kitchener on Wednesday.

In an evening update, Waterloo Regional Police confirmed several search warrants were executed in connection with a homicide investigation.

20-year-old Irshad Sabriye was fatally shot in November of 2019. His body was discovered on the Courtland Avenue on-ramp to Highway 7/8 in Kitchener. 

Police determined that shortly after his death, Sabriye’s car had been set on fire at an apartment building on Connaught Street. Officers had recently been canvassing the area in an attempt to gather clues by going door-to-door at a Vanier Drive high-rise, as it overlooks the scene. 

Just over two weeks had passed but on August 12, members of the WRPS Investigative Services branch and the Emergency Response Team issued several search warrants at the same building - 37 Vanier Drive. 

Police said investigators seized a number of drugs including suspected cocaine and prescription pills, as well as cash. 

One man was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, but no charges were laid in connection with Sabriye’s death. 

Police stated that additional arrests and charges are anticipated as the investigation is ongoing. 

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