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(RED LAKE, ON) - On June 2, officers from the Red Lake detachment of the OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) with the assistance of officers from Kenora Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) conducted an investigation into drug trafficking. As a result of the investigation, a 36 year old Red Lake man was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance - Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance - Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance - Morphine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance - Codeine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order
  • Possession of Prohibited Weapon contrary to Prohibition Order

A quantity of methamphetamine, cocaine, morphine, codeine, Canadian currency and evidence of trafficking was seized as a result of the investigation. The approximate street value of the seizure is $60,000. He remains in police custody awaiting a bail hearing.

(DRYDEN, ON) - On June 1, at approximately 2:17 p.m. officers from the OPP Dryden Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Highway 17, Eton Township (West of Dryden) for a Highway Traffic Act violation.

As a result of the traffic stop, officers located and seized 135 cases of unmarked cigarettes with an approximate value of $540,000.

A 60 year old Toronto man has been charged with the following offence under the Criminal Code:

  • Trafficking in Contraband Tobacco

The accused was also charged with the following offences under the Tobacco Tax Act:

  • Possess unmarked cigarettes for sale
  • Possess unmarked cigarettes

The accused will appear in Ontario Court of Justice Dryden in August.

(THUNDER BAY, ON.) -On May 31 at approximately 6:15 p.m. police received a traffic complaint about a vehicle travelling on Highway 11/17 in the Conmee Twp, area. The vehicle was headed towards the City of Thunder Bay.

Officers with the Thunder Bay OPP intercepted the motor vehicle but it failed to stop when police activated their emergency lights. The suspect vehicle began driving more aggressively with increasing speeds. Police made the decision to discontinue the pursuit for public safety reasons. The Thunder Bay City police were advised of the pursuit and successfully stopped it at the intersection of Highway 11/17 and Highway 61.

A 39-year-old man from Calgary was arrested under the following charges;

  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Flight from Police

The male has a court date in Thunder Bay in October 2020.

(THUNDER BAY, ON.) -On May 29, at approximately 11:25pm a Thunder Bay detachment member patrolling in the Shabaqua area of Highway 17 area struck a moose that entered the roadway. The vehicle was severely damaged and the officer suffered minor injuries which they were treated for at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital and released a short time later. Motorists are reminded that moose are motor active on Northwest Region roads this time of year

(THUNDER BAY, ON.) -On May 28 at around midnight an officer with the Nipigon OPP attempted to stop an eastbound motor vehicle for a traffic offence. The vehicle pulled over and then headed westbound at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was determined to be stolen from Thunder Bay. Officers of the Thunder Bay OPP set up alternate stopping measures in the Shuniah area of Highway 11/17.

The motor vehicle was successfully spike belted near McGregor Rd but continued to drive on its rims to the Balsam St area where it was forced from the roadway. The lone occupant then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers pursued on foot and the male was arrested after a conducted energy weapon (TASER) was used to bring him into custody. Two police cruisers were damaged as a result of the incident.

A 31-year-old Toronto man is currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing. He is charged with;

  • Dangerous operation
  • Flight from Police
  • Possession of Property obtained by Crime over $5,000
  • Resist peace officer
  • Driving while under suspension

(THUNDER BAY, ON.) -On May 28 at approximately 2:41pm members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau observed a male known to them to be a prohibited driver operating motor vehicle in the City of Thunder Bay.

The vehicle was stopped and the male driver arrested. Police located large sums of money, jewelry and marihuana in vehicle.

A subsequent search warrant was executed at the male’s residence in Shuniah Ontario. Altogether the following was seized by police: 50lbs of marihuana, $95,000 in Canadian currency, $160,000 in jewelry, 12 gauge shotgun, 2016 BMW SUV

A 25-year-old Shuniah Ont. man is charged with the following offences;

  • Possession of Property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Operate Motor Vehicle while Prohibited
  • Possession of Cannabis for purpose of selling
  • Possession of Illicit Cannabis
  • Unauthorized possession of a Firearm
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Cocaine

The man was released on an Undertaking and has a court date in August 2020 in Thunder Bay.

(GREENSTONE, ON) - Officers of the Greenstone Detachment of the OPP investigated a motor vehicle collision on Highway 11 by Suckle Lake on May 27 at 6:55 a.m. which led to the arrest of a 29-year-old Greenstone man.

The vehicle was impounded by police. The accused is scheduled to attend in Provincial court on August 13, 2020 to answer to the charges.

OPP officers will remain diligent with their focus on impaired drivers by conducting traffic enforcement, patrols and Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) checks stops in various random locations every day across the Districts.

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