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Hearst OPP Police Press Releases

Shawn LECOURS – Cocaine

(HEARST, ON) – A driver was charged with driving while impaired, and three days later was charged for driving suspended.

On July 3, 2024, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint of a suspected impaired driver of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in Hearst.

Police located the vehicle in a parking lot on Front Street in Hearst, and upon speaking with the driver, police determined that they had been consuming an alcohol beverage. The driver was arrested and transported to the Hearst detachment for further testing. 

As a result of the investigation, Shawn LECOURS, 41 years of age of Jogues, was charged with the following:

·        Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs.

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

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on August 14, 2024, in Hearst. The accused was also issued a 90-day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS), and the vehicle (tractor only) was impounded for seven days.

On July 6, 2024 shortly after midnight 12:00 a.m., James Bay OPP stopped a motorcycle on Des Groseillier Road, in Hanlan Township, north of Hearst. The driver was found to have a suspended driver’s licence and was arrested. 

As a result of the investigation, Shawn LECOURS, 41 years of age of Jogues, was charged with the following:

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance- Cocaine

·        Driving while under suspension

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on August 14, 2024, in Hearst. The motorcycle was impounded for seven days.

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OPP Police Press Releases Sioux Lookout

Drug Bust – Names Released

(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – On July 8, 2024, officers from the Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested and charged three people for drug trafficking offences in the Municipality.

At approximately 1:45 pm, officers on general patrol conducted a traffic stop on Highway 72. Through investigation it was determined that the driver was suspended, the vehicle was not insured, and the driver and occupants were in possession of drug paraphernalia and illicit substances.

Following investigation, Kenneth VENEMA, 61 years old, from Thunder Bay, has been arrested and charged with the following Controlled Drug and Substances Act and Canadian Automobile Insurance Act offences:

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – two counts,

·        Operate Motor Vehicle without insurance, and

·        Produce false insurance.

As well as facing additional charges under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

Additionally, Elsa SHAKAKEESIC, 32 years old, and Layla GRAY, 22 years old, both from Thunder Bay, are charged with two counts each of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.

All accused remain in police custody and will appear in Kenora Ontario Court of Justice Bail court on July 9, 2024.

If you have any information about the trafficking of illicit substances in Sioux Lookout, 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), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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OPP Orillia Police Press Releases

Drug Bust – Names Released

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) seized a large quantity of drugs and weapons.

On July 6, 2024, just before 7:00 p.m., officers of Orillia OPP were on general patrol on Barrie Road, in the City of Orillia. Officers observed a motor vehicle was travelling in a manner consistent with driving impaired, therefore a traffic stop was initiated. Upon speaking with the occupants, the officer noticed a cannabis joint in the motor vehicle, therefore the occupants were detained for further investigation. During the initial investigation, police located:

–      Police pepper spray

–      A prohibited knife

–      A conductive energy weapon.

–      Canadian Currency

Through investigation, officers formed grounds the occupants were trafficking in illegal substances. The motor vehicle was seized, and a warrant was obtained to search the vehicle fully.

The warrant was executed, and the following was seized by police:

–      A loaded Smith and Wesson revolver handgun

–      164.5 grams of fentanyl

–      6.9 grams of cocaine

–      37 hydromorphone

–      1 oxycodone

As a result of this investigation, Irshad AHMED, 41-year-old of the City of Barrie has been charged with:

–      Possession of Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order, contrary to section 117.01(1) if the Criminal Code of Canada (CC) x2

–      Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition contrary to section 92(2) CC

–      Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm section 91(1) CC

–      Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm section 94 CC.

–      Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition section 95(1) CC

–      Possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm section 95(1).

–      Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 section 354(1)(a)

–      Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose section 88 CC

–      Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm section 92(1)

–      Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking-Opioid contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA)

–      Possession of schedule 1 substance- opioid section 4(1) CDSA

–      Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking- Cocaine section 5(2) CDSA

–      Possession of schedule 1 substance- cocaine section 4(1)

–      Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking-other drugs section 5(1) CDSA

–      Possession of schedule 1 substance- other drugs section 4(1) CDSA x2

Further, Ishmael SINCLAIR, 38-year-old of North York, has been charged with:

–      Possession of Firearm ammunition contrary to prohibition order section 117.01(1) CC x18

–      Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 section 354(1)(a)

–      Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition contrary to section 92(2) CC

–      Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm section 91(1) CC

–      Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm section 94 CC.

–      Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition section 95(1) CC

–      Possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm section 95(1).

–      Unauthorized possession of prohibited device section 92(2)

–      Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose section 88 CC x5

–      Carry concealed weapon section 90 CC.

–      Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition section 92(2) CC x4

–      Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking-Opioid contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA)

–      Possession of schedule 1 substance- opioid section 4(1) CDSA

–      Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking- Cocaine section 5(2) CDSA

–      Possession of schedule 1 substance- cocaine section 4(1)

–      Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking-other drugs section 5(1) CDSA

–      Possession of schedule 1 substance- other drugs section 4(1) CDSA x2

Both accused parties were held in custody pending bail hearings.

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province, including the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn and the City of Orillia. If you have any information about crime in our community, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To report minor occurrences online please visit www.opp.ca/reporting. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, and you will remain anonymous. You will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

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Dryden OPP Police Press Releases

Drug Bust – Names Released

(DRYDEN, ON) – An investigation led by the Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), with assistance from the Dryden OPP Detachment, has led to charges being laid against two local residents.

On July 2,2024, just prior to 11:00 p.m., a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant was executed at a residence on North Minnitaki Road, Municipality of Machin, where a quantity of suspected cocaine, Canadian currency, and evidence of drug trafficking were located.

As a result of the investigation, Jaden SKYE, 22 years old, of Minnitaki, has been charged under the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with the following offences:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000

Additionally, Vanessa SKYE, 52-years-old, of Minnitaki, has been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with the following offence:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking

The accused individuals have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 29, 2024, in Dryden.  

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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Dryden OPP Police Press Releases

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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Kapuskasing OPP Police Press Releases

4 Arrested In Drug Bust

(KAPUSKASING, ON) – Cocaine, methamphetamine, and morphine seized during the execution of a search warrant in Kapuskasing.

On June 27, 2024, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the North East Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) with the assistance of the James Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed a search warrant at a residence on Byng Avenue in Kapuskasing.

During the investigation, four people were arrested, and police seized drugs suspected to be cocaine, lorazepam, diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, methamphetamine, morphine, a .22 calibre starter pistol, a cell phone, and $500 in Canadian currency. The total estimated street value of the seizure was $18,000. 

As a result of this investigation, Melissa BOUCHARD 39-years-of-age of Cochrane, Levi LEACH 33 years-of-age of Kapuskasing, and Myriam SIGOUIN 38 years-of-age of Kapuskasing, were 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 – Methamphetamine

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

·        Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking – Lorazepam (two counts)

·        Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking – Diazepam

·        Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking – Chlordiazepoxide

·        Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking – Clonazepam

·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

·        Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000

Further, Aaron HANSEN, 48 years-of-age of Kapuskasing 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 – Methamphetamine

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

·        Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking – Lorazepam (two counts)

·        Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking – Diazepam

·        Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking – Chlordiazepoxide

·        Possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking – Clonazepam

·        Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

·        Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000

·        Failure to comply with release order (two counts)

Three of the above accused persons (Bouchard, Hansen, and Leach) were released and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kapuskasing on a future date.

 The accused person Sigouin remains in custody and will next appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kapuskasing on July 5, 2024.

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North Bay OPP Police Press Releases

Drug Bust – Names Released

(NORTH BAY, ON) – Two persons arrested for drug trafficking following a traffic stop.

On July 3, 2024, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on general patrol duties on Highway 11, Powassan.

Police observed a silver car travelling northbound on Highway 11 at a high rate of speed. The car was travelling approximately 94 kilometers an hour above the posted speed limit. Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop and the vehicle fled.

A short time later, the same vehicle was located on the North Bay bypass. The OPP and North Bay Police Service worked in collaboration to stop the dangerous driver safely and effectively. After arresting the driver, police seized approximately 740 grams of suspected Fentanyl and approximately 22 grams of unidentified pills. The drugs have a total approximate street value of $223,000.

Tsion GIRMA 19-years-of-age of Pickering was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Fail to stop for police
  • Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform stunt – Excessive speed
  • Drive vehicle with cannabis readily available
  • Dangerous operation
  • Flight from peace officer
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Fentanyl

Tresean THOMPSON 19-years-of-age of Scarborough was arrested and charged with: Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Fentanyl.

The accused persons remain in custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court in North Bay on July 4, 2024.

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Norfolk OPP Police Press Releases

Nicolas WALL Was Arrested

(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – An individual is facing multiple charges as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking and stolen property, which included the execution of a search warrant at a residence by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand/Norfolk Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU).

At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, the Haldimand/Norfolk OPP CSCU executed a search warrant at a residence on Imperial Street in Delhi, Norfolk County.

As a result, one individual was taken into custody without incident.

A search of the residence and premises led to the discovery and seizure of a quantity of suspected Hydromorphone, amphetamine, cocaine, and ecstasy (MDMA). Additionally, Canadian and American currency, drug paraphernalia, and a replica firearm were confiscated.

A photograph of the seized items is attached for reference.

Charged with the following alleged offences is 29-year-old Nicolas WALL of Norfolk County:

  • Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code (nine counts),
  • Drive motor vehicle – improper licence (six counts),
  • Use plate not authorized for vehicle (five counts),
  • 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 a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid (other than heroin),
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000 – in Canada.

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Simcoe on Tuesday, August 6, 2024.

Police anticipate additional charges as this investigation continues. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

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OPP Police Press Releases Wasaga Beach

2 Arrested In Drug Bust – Names Released

(TOWN OF WASAGA BEACH, ON) – Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged a male and female with prohibited driving and drug related charges.

In early April 2024, Members from Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) initiated a drug trafficking investigation into a female believed to be trafficking fentanyl and cocaine in the Huronia West Detachment area. The female had been the subject of a previous drug investigation in West Region and is presently before the courts for those charges. Further investigation led to the identification of a male party believed to be involved in drug trafficking along with the female.

On June 17th, 2024, CSCU observed evidence consistent with drug trafficking. Investigators were able to safely conduct a traffic stop with the assistance of uniform officers from Huronia West OPP.

Accused male and female were arrested and charged with drug related offences. The vehicle was transported to the Huronia West Detachment where a search was conducted. As a result of the search a significant amount of fentanyl and cocaine along with offence related currency were seized.

Lisa PHARAND, 42-year-old of South Bruce Peninsula, was arrested and charged with the following:

·        Possession of Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

·        Possession of Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Opioid other than Heroin

Richard CARVER, 41-year-old of Wasaga Beach, was arrested and charged with the following:

·        Possession of Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

·        Possession of Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Opioid other than Heroin

·        Operation While Prohibited

Both male and female were held for bail.

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Dryden OPP Police Press Releases

Leroy VINCENT Was Arrested

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

On June 26, 2024, just before 7:00 a.m., members of the Dryden OPP CSCU conducted a traffic stop on Highway 17, Satterly Township. The investigation resulted in the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of suspected illicit drugs, including cocaine and oxycodone. 

As a result of the investigation, Leroy VINCENT, 57-years-old, of Wabigoon, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, have been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with the following offences:

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

• Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – oxycodone 

The accused individuals have been released from custody. Leroy VINCENT is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 15, 2024, in Dryden. The 17-year-old is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 23, 2024, in Dryden.  

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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