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Drug Bust – Names Released

(DRYDEN, ON) – Two individuals are facing drug trafficking and weapons charges following an investigation led by the Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), with assistance from the Dryden OPP Detachment and the Northwest Region Canine Unit.

On July 3, 2024, just prior to 5:00 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted on Highway 17, in the Township of Zealand. The investigation resulted in the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of suspected illicit drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and fentanyl, as well as a firearm, Canadian currency, and evidence of drug trafficking.

As a result of the investigation, Marko SHKILNY, 29-years-old, of Toronto, has been charged under the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with the following offences:

·        Resist peace officer

·        Obstruct peace officer

·        Assault with a weapon

·        Flight from peace officer

·        Dangerous operation

·        Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a Prohibition Order (2 COUNTS)

·        Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm

·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

·        Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm

·        Occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a prohibited or restricted firearm

·        Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm

·        Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition

·        Possession of a firearm knowing that the serial number has been tampered with

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (5 COUNTS)

·        Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000

Additionally, Bryson DUCHARME, 29-years-old, of Sioux Lookout, has been charged under the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with the following offences:

·        Resist peace officer

·        Obstruct peace officer

·        Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm

·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose,

·        Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm

·        Occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a prohibited or restricted firearm

·        Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm

·        Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition

·        Possession of a firearm knowing that the serial number has been tampered with

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (5 COUNTS)

·        Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000

The accused individuals have been remanded into custody at the Kenora District Jail where they are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 9, 2024.

If you have any information about the trafficking of illicit drugs, call 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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