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OPP Police Press Releases West Nipissing

Another Met Bust

(WEST NIPISSINGON) – Police arrested and charged two people with weapons and drug related offences after a traffic complaint.

On May 4, 2024, shortly before 5:00 a.m., the Nipissing West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver on Front Street, West Nipissing.

As a result of the investigation, two people were arrested. A search of the vehicle located an air pistol, drug paraphernalia and drugs suspected to be, cannabis, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

As a result of the investigation, Gabrielle BARONETTE, 24 years-of-age and Tristan BERTRAND, 28 years-of-age, both from West Nipissing, were charged with:

  • Possession of imitation weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a schedule I substance
  • Possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking

Gabrielle BARONETTE was further charged with, drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available.

Both accused were released and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on June 6, 2024, in North Bay.

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OPP Police Press Releases West Nipissing

Another Meth Bust

(WEST NIPISSINGON) – Police arrested and charged two people with weapons and drug related offences after a traffic complaint.

On May 4, 2024, shortly before 5:00 a.m., the Nipissing West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver on Front Street, West Nipissing.

As a result of the investigation, two people were arrested. A search of the vehicle located an air pistol, drug paraphernalia and drugs suspected to be, cannabis, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

As a result of the investigation, Gabrielle BARONETTE, 24 years-of-age and Tristan BERTRAND, 28 years-of-age, both from West Nipissing, were charged with:

  • Possession of imitation weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a schedule I substance
  • Possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking

Gabrielle BARONETTE was further charged with, drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available.

Both accused were released and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on June 6, 2024, in North Bay.

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OPP Police Press Releases West Nipissing

Shawn MOON Was Arrested

(WEST NIPISSINGON) – Police arrested and charged one person after a report of a theft of a bike.

On May 5, 2024, shortly before 8:30 a.m., Nipissing West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a theft of a bike from a residence on Mageau Street, West Nipissing.

An unknown person had taken the bike and fled into a wooded area, but was shortly located and arrested by police.

A search of the person located, Canadian currency and drugs suspected to be Cocaine, methamphetamine, opioids and other drugs.

As a result of the investigation, Shawn MOON, 45-years-old, from West Nipissing, was charged with:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – four counts
  • Possession of a schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Theft under $5000
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000
  • Possession property obtained by crime under $5,000

The accused was held for Bail Court and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on May 15, 2024.

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OPP Police Press Releases

2 Arrested In Meth Bust

Two individuals were arrested with drug related offences after the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) executed a warrant at a residence on Sixth Street in Fort Frances.

On May 2, 2024, shortly before 7 p.m. Fort Frances CSCU with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team (ERT), Treaty Three Police Service, and the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) executed a warrant after an investigation into drug trafficking. The officers seized a quantity of suspected fentanyl and methamphetamine, cash, and evidence of drug trafficking with an approximate street value of $6,000.00.

Gabriel Tuesday, 33-years-old, of Big Grassy First Nation has been charged under the Criminal Code with:

–         Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

–         Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

–         Obstruct Peace Officer

–         Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Alexis Holland, 27-years-old, of Fort Frances has been charges under the Criminal Code with:

–         Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

Tuesday was held for bail to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 3, 2024.

Holland was released from custody and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on June 17, 2024.

Any person with information regarding the illegal possession and trafficking of drugs and firearms should immediately contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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OPP Police Press Releases South Bruce Peninsula WFP

Two From Wiarton Arrested In Meth Bust

(SOUTH BRUCE PENISULA, ON) – Two individuals were charged following a drug investigation and the execution of a search warrant at a residence by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Grey Bruce Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU).

On May 1, 2024, at 5:55 am, members of Grey Bruce CSCU with assistance of the South Bruce CSCU, and the members of the Grey Bruce OPP executed a search warrant at a residence on Dawson Street in South Bruce Peninsula.

During the search officers discovered and seized a quantity of suspected cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and psilocybin along with drug paraphernalia. The combined estimated value of the seized controlled substances is $600.

Charged with the following alleged offences is 21-year-old Matthew Nickels of Wiarton with:

  • Possession Schedule I Substance – Cocaine
  • Possession Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession Schedule I Substance – Fentanyl
  • Possession Schedule I Substance – Psilocybin

Charged with the following alleged offences is 56-year-old Timothy Moore of Wiarton with:

  • Possession Schedule I Substance – Cocaine
  • Possession Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession Schedule I Substance – Psilocybin

The accused parties were released and are scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on June 13, 2024.

The Grey Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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North Bay OPP Police Press Releases

Khizar ALI Was Arrested

(NORTH BAY, ON) – Police arrested and charged one person with several drug related offences in North Bay.

On April 29, 2024, members of the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested a person leaving a residence on 5th Avenue West in the City of North Bay. Once the person was arrested a Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrant was executed. 

The search resulted in the seizure of drug paraphernalia, Canadian currency, digital scale, and a money counter. Police also seized drugs suspected to be fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, hydromorphone, and oxycodone.

As a result of the investigation Khizar ALI, a 37-year-old from Bowmanville was arrested

and charged with the following:

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid (other than heroin) – two counts

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine

·        Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 – in Canada

·        Produce a Schedule I substance – opioid (other than heroin)

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – other drugs

The accused was held for bail and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of

Justice in North Bay on May 2, 2024.

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Kapuskasing OPP Police Press Releases

Brian WESLEY Was Arrested

(KAPUSKASING, ON) – A traffic stop in Kapuskasing led to an arrest for driving while impaired by a drug.

On April 16, 2024, shortly before 6:00 p.m., the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Byng Avenue in Kapuskasing. 

Upon speaking with the driver, police determined that the driver had been consuming an intoxicating substance, and the driver was arrested and transported to the Kapuskasing detachment for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, Brian WESLEY, 56 years of age of Hearst, was charged with the following:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Possession of a schedule I substance – methamphetamine
  • Fail to comply with probation order

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 13, 2024, in Kapuskasing. The accused was also issued a 90-day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS), and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

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Kenora OPP Police Press Releases

Anaiya BAKER Arrested Again

(KENORA, ON) – An investigation led by the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) with the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has resulted in drug trafficking charges.

On April 24, 2024, just after 3:00 p.m., members of the Kenora OPP CSCU were conducting an investigation in the area of Bernier Drive in the City of Kenora when they observed suspected drug transactions take place.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of one individual and the seizure of suspected illicit substances including fentanyl, methamphetamine, morphine, and dilaudid. Canadian currency and other items associated with drug trafficking were also seized.

As a result, Anaiya BAKER, 18-years-old, of Kenora has been arrested and charged under the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with:

·      Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition for Dangerous Purpose

·      Traffick in Schedule I Substance – Opioid

·      Traffick in Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamines

·      Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Opioid – two counts

·      Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine

·      Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000

·      Failure to Comply with Release Order – two counts

The accused is being held in custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora on April 25, 2024.

Any person with information regarding the illegal possession and trafficking of drugs should immediately contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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OPP Orangeville Police Press Releases

Meth Bust – Names Released

(ORANGEVILLE, ON) – Officers from the Dufferin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) seized a quantity of drugs and charged four individuals after conducting a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Orangeville.

On April 19, 2024, members of the Dufferin Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), along with Dufferin uniform members and Offender Management and Apprehension Program (OMAP) executed a search warrant at a home on Fourth Avenue in Orangeville. The search warrant resulted in the arrest of four individuals who are facing multiple charges. In addition, the officers seized a quantity of various drugs.  

Rory SIEGEL, 42-year-old from Shelburne has been charged with:

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance – other drugs

Lorne STOCKDALE, 45-year-old from Orangeville

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance – Opioid

David TEGGART,46-year-old from Orangeville has been charged with:

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Opioid

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Methamphetamine

·      Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime – under $5000

Karen WHITING 47-year-old from Orangeville has been charged with:

·      Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Methamphetamine

·      Traffick in Schedule I substance – Other drugs

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Other drugs

·      Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime – under $5000

There is one outstanding individual with charges pending.

The following property was seized:

·      Methamphetamine

·      Fentanyl pills

·      Cocaine

·      $435 – Canadian currency

·      Assorted pills

·      Scale

·      Cellular telephone

Anyone with information regarding this investigation of any other criminal activity is asked to contact Dufferin OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also submit your information online at https://ontariocrimestoppers.ca/.

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Kirkland Lake OPP Police Press Releases

$80,000 Meth Bust

(Kirkland Lake, ON) – An early morning search warrant at a residence in Kirkland Lake leads to charges.

On April 18, 2024, members of the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with the assistance of the Kirkland Lake OPP, OPP Tactical Response Unit (TRU) and the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a search warrant at a residence on McCamus Avenue in the Town of Kirkland Lake.

A search of the residence led to the seizure of cellular phones and drugs suspected to be fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $80,000.

As a result of the investigation:

Jessica BENSON, 38-years-old, of Kirkland Lake was charged with:        

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking-opioid

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine

Melissa BURNSIDE, 39-years-old, of Kirkland Lake was charged with:

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking-opioid

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine

Jody MULVIHILL, 49-years-old, of Kirkland Lake was charged with:

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking-opioid

·      Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine

The accused persons were held for a bail hearing and remanded into custody. They are scheduled to re-appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 24, 2024.

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Midland OPP Police Press Releases

Drug Bust – Names Released

(MIDLAND,ON) A vehicle with a broken rear window attracted the attention of police this morning and led officers to locate drugs during a traffic stop.

On the morning of April 17, 2024, members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police(OPP) were on general patrol in the Town of Midland and observed a vehicle with a smashed rear windshield parked in a private parking lot. Officers stopped the small SUV as it exited onto Montreal Street in Midland and upon speaking with the occupants, officers gathered grounds to believe that they were smoking cannabis inside the car. A search of the vehicle was conducted and during the search officers located drugs which are prohibited under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

As a result of this investigation, the following persons are facing their respective charges:

Francis JENNS, 58 years of Midland and Marci LASALLE, 43 years of Orillia face the following charges contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Cocaine
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Opioid
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Other Drugs

They were released to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on May 30, 2024.

Amanda Black, 36 years of Barrie faces the above charges as well as the following charges contrary to the Criminal Code;

  • Possession of a Credit Card
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order

The accused were held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 17, 2024.

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OPP Police Press Releases Toronto

60Kg Cocaine & 13Kg Meth Seized – Names Released

(TORONTO, ON) – Twenty illegal firearms and 73 kilograms of illicit drugs have been seized by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-led Provincial Joint Forces Guns and Gangs Enforcement Team (PGNG).  

The OPP-led PGNG assisted the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) Organized Crime Division with a drug trafficking investigation that identified large quantities of cocaine transported between Toronto and Montréal and the surrounding area.

On March 27, 2024, PGNG executed two search warrants on a vehicle and a residence on Ridelle Avenue in Toronto. The following items were seized:

·      Approximately 60 kilograms of cocaine

·      Approximately 13 kilograms of methamphetamine

·      20 firearms including 19 handguns and one assault rifle

·      3,000 rounds of ammunition

·      53 magazines

·      Four drum magazines

·      66 Glock auto switches (used to convert to automatic firearms)

·      Three bullet proof vests

·      One ballistic helmet

Bradley NELSON, 35 years of age of Whitby, was arrested in Toronto by PGNG. The accused has been charged with a total of 68 charges under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act including:

·      Unauthorized possession of a firearm – 20 counts

·      Unauthorized possession of a firearm knowing its unauthorized – 20 counts

·      Possession for the purpose of trafficking firearms – 19 counts

·      Possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order – two counts

·      Possession of a prohibited device – two counts

·      Careless storage of a firearm

·      Trafficking of a controlled substance, cocaine

·      Trafficking of a controlled substance, methamphetamine

·      Possession for the purpose of trafficking, cocaine

·      Possession for the purpose of trafficking, methamphetamine

The accused was held in custody and will appear before an Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto on May 2, 2024.

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Hanover Police Police Press Releases WFP

Violent Repeat Offenders Arrested – Hanover Police Still Protecting Criminals Over Community

On April 6th, 2024, at 8:37 a.m. members from the Hanover Police Service responded to a report of two people sleeping in a vehicle parked at an apartment complex in the 100 block of 11th Avenue in Hanover.

While on scene, officers recognized the suspects as having committed a theft in Hanover from a previous incident on April 5th.  When officers attempted to arrest the pair, they violently resisted, and the male suspect jumped into the driver’s seat with the female suspect.  Together, the suspects started the vehicle and drove into the side of the apartment building while partially dragging an officer who was in the passenger seat with them trying to effect their arrest.

The violent struggle continued after crashing into the apartment building, with the male suspect escaping custody and fleeing on foot.  An officer gave chase and captured the suspect who continued to fight and resist.  He was eventually subdued after officers deployed their tasers.  The female suspect who also resisted arrest, was taken into custody.

The investigation determined the vehicle was stolen from South Bruce O.P.P. Detachment area and both suspects were determined to be wanted in several policing jurisdictions.

The Hanover Police Service has jointly charged, a 39-year-old male of no fixed address and a 23-year-old female of no fixed address with the following criminal and drug offences:

  1. Theft Under $5000
  2. Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance
  3. Flight from a Peace Officer
  4. Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest
  5. Assault with a Weapon
  6. Resist Arrest of a Peace Officer
  7. Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000
  8. Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purposes of Trafficking
  9. Possession of Fentanyl for the Purposes of Trafficking
  10. Possession of Methamphetamine

The male suspect faces additional charges of Failure to Comply with Release Order x 3 and Failure to Comply with an Undertaking.  The female suspect faces additional charges of Operation of a Conveyance while Prohibited and Failure to Comply with Release Order x 2.

Police determined the male suspect is currently wanted on 27 criminal and drug charges in 4 policing jurisdictions in Ontario and the female suspect is currently wanted on 10 criminal charges in 2 policing jurisdictions in Ontario.

One Hanover officer received minor injuries while both suspects also sustained minor injuries that required treatment at the Hanover and District Hospital.

The exterior wall of the apartment building and the stolen vehicle both received minor damages.

The suspects were held and later remanded into custody at their bail hearings.

This incident is an example of the transient nature of people who move from one jurisdiction to the next committing crimes along the way that often results in unpredictable, volatile and dangerous situations for the police officers that encounter them.

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Kapuskasing OPP Police Press Releases

Drug Bust – SUTHERLAND & GAUVIN

(KAPUSKASING, ON) – Two separate arrests made by the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on April 5, 2024, led to drug trafficking charges in Kapuskasing.

On April 5, 2024, shortly before 9:00 p.m., the James Bay OPP responded to an unwanted person call at a business on Cain Avenue. Police attended and arrested the subject of the complaint on an unrelated arrest warrant.

Police performed a search incident to arrest and seized drugs suspected to be fentanyl, and crystal methamphetamine (see attached photo.)

As a result of this investigation, Faith SUTHERLAND, 23-years-of-age, of Kapuskasing, was charged with the following:

·        Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine

·        Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid

·        Enter premises when entry prohibited

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 13, 2024 in Kapuskasing.

Earlier that same day, April 5, 2024, shortly after 3:00 p.m., the James Bay OPP responded to a call reporting an assault that had reportedly occurred on March 30, 2024. The suspect in the case was located and arrested for the assault, and during a search incident to arrest, police seized drugs suspected to be methamphetamine.

As a result of this investigation, Joey GAUVIN, 51-years-of-age, of Kapuskasing, was charged with the following:

·        Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine

·        Possession of a schedule I substance – methamphetamine

·        Assault causing bodily harm

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 29, 2024 in Kapuskasing.

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OPP Police Press Releases West Nipissing

Another Repeat Offender Arrested Again – Meth a Factor

(WEST NIPISSING, ON) – Two people were arrested and charged after The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop.

On April 8, 2024, shortly before 2:00 a.m., members from the Nipissing West Detachment of the OPP were on general patrol, and conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on Front Street, West Nipissing.

The driver was found to be a suspended driver and was arrested. A search of the vehicle located knives, digital scales and drugs suspected to be methamphetamine and cocaine.

As a result of the investigation, Keith BAZINET, 45-years-of-age, from the Noelville, was charged with:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – two counts
  • Fail to comply with Probation Order
  • Driving while under suspension
  • Have care or control of vehicle or boat with cannabis in open baggage

The accused was held for Bail Court and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on April 8, 2024, in North Bay.

The passenger, Samantha LABELLE, 36-years-of-age, from Sudbury, was also arrested and charged with, possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – two counts.

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on May 2, 2024, in North Bay.