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Multiple drugs seized, charges laid

Thursday, February 06, 2014   by: Staff



CHAPLEAU - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau Drug Enforcement Unit and the Provincial Asset and Forfeiture Unit along with assistance of a North East Region Canine Unit and members of the Ontario Provincial Police Chapleau detachment have charged a man and woman with drug offences.

The charges stem from the investigation of illegal drug related activities in the Chapleau area.

It culminated with the execution of a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence on Birch Street in Chapleau.

Seized as a result of the search were marijuana, cocaine, money and drug paraphernalia. 

The estimated street value of the drugs seized is approximately $2540. 

The incident occurred at approximately 9:20 a.m. on January 30, 2014.

Charged is Andre Francoeur, age 26, of Chapleau, with two counts Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000 and Fail to Comply with Probation Order. 

He was remanded into custody pending a bail hearing in Timmins.

Also charged is Ashley Besneir, age 20, of Chapleau, with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000. 

She is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Chapleau on March 19, 2014.

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HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/6/2014 1:18:42 PM Report

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000 -- what does this refer to if drugs seized is 2500? Couldn't have been much coke seized if total street value of the drugs is $2500...

Ah well, good job, boys! Way to get those career criminals off the streets and make life in Chapleau a little safer for everyone.

...what did this cost, btw? I mean, not counting court/jail costs

Sam C would tell you he's sure it was worth it, whatever the cost, as justice must be served lol
rtcs4 2/6/2014 2:10:59 PM Report

Well sam C would be right ?????
Does it matter what the cost is when getting drugs off the streets ? where is your logic in that lol
shhh 2/6/2014 2:29:17 PM Report

wish they would catch some of the dealers in the Soo. It seems that the older dealers (those over 40) in the Soo will never get caught. They have outsmarted the cops all these years and made tons of money.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/6/2014 2:35:41 PM Report

With all those question marks it seems like you're asking whether or not he's right????? as you should be. What, exactly, does getting marijuana off the streets ultimately accomplish?

Drugs are likely the number one cause of death in Canada but almost certainly top three. Those are the LEGAL, pharmaceutical drugs we're talking about. Most of those deaths occur in people that weren't in the hospital and from adverse drug effects. The resulting costs associated with the removal of these people from the workforce is easily into the billions of dollars a year.

So those are the legal, "safe" drugs.

Marijuana, on the other hand, illegal and "dangerous", has never killed a soul. Why, than, should anyone be given a blank check to spend whatever necessary to remove what appears to be at worst a harmless and at best a disease curing (as opposed to pharmaceutical symptom treating drugs) plant, sending many people to jail in the process? Nonsensical at best.

Pharmaceutical industry are the real crooks but too many can't see beyond "legal/illegal" and unwilling to research anything.

Sometimes I think we get the gov't we deserve...
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/6/2014 2:44:31 PM Report

shhhhh I've brought it to the attention of our Infallible Forces on more than one occasion of a particular cocaine dealer and business owner in the Soo who, through his network, sells upwards of one hundred pounds a year. I can't tell you the exact number because I am not him but it is a considerable amount. To put that in perspective, his yearly sales are at least 10,000X this Chapleau bust but he seems to be off limits. Not surprising, really; just further confirmation of the corruption among our police "leaders".

Instead, they'd prefer to bust kids over irrelevant amounts of weed and you guys cheer them on.

Nimrod 2/6/2014 2:55:41 PM Report

I spent a week in Chapleau one night and drugs should be mandatory there!! lol
shhh 2/6/2014 2:56:32 PM Report

HowAbooutSomeLogic I know exactly who it is you're talking about. I guess he's smarter than our entire police force since they can't get him. Sad really
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/6/2014 3:17:04 PM Report

haahah that's the thing...EVERYONE KNOWS!

I've never done the stuff, never inquired where to get it, my friends don't do it and yet I know one of if not the biggest coke dealers in the Soo and you're suggesting the police don't know at least as much as I do? Of course they do!

There is a reason he is not in jail and it has nothing to do with his stealthiness, if that's a word.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/6/2014 3:18:57 PM Report

Nim, you're spot on. Drugs, weed in particular, are considered part of life in Chapleau.

It's like living in the Soo and having a glass of red wine every night w dinner.
RStephens 2/6/2014 3:53:20 PM Report

Which business are you referring to?
iamtc 2/6/2014 3:59:49 PM Report

U people don't know shit
Tom_Bom 2/6/2014 5:03:03 PM Report

Legalize Marijuana like in Colorado! Crime has plummeted there as a result. Don't take my word for it, listen to these congressmen, backed up by jay and silent bob. They'll tell you what's really going on here. The war on drugs is a waste of money and a failure in absolution.

Also kids don't steal.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/6/2014 7:14:46 PM Report

Pot for medical (LEGIT) reasons only--not for leisure! It is a 'gateway' drug and it shouldn't be easily accessible by teens definitely! The crime rate around here is for drugs like cocaine and oxys--not pot!--But I guarantee these addicts started with pot! (which led them to the harder stuff)
mac2 2/6/2014 7:32:21 PM Report

u cannot guarantee that, that's that!
Tom_Bom 2/6/2014 8:33:47 PM Report

Actually Tag the gateway drug theory has been disproven multiple times. #science
frauleinbroomhilda 2/6/2014 9:41:33 PM Report

Bust the losers on Raymond Street now please.
Bad Dawg 2/7/2014 12:38:11 AM Report

Tag... be worried about teens breaking into your house for your medicine cabinet before your purse.

pot is not the gateway drug anymore. was not the first drug used by teens many recent studies, it was the most common drug though.
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