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Cops make arrests, seizures in 'high-level' cocaine project

Wednesday, May 28, 2014   by: Staff



The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is pleased to announce the start of a new partnership between the Anishinabek Police Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. 

Together, these Services have created the Sault Ste. Marie Joint Forces Drug Unit (SSM JFO Drug Unit). 

The SSM JFO Drug Unit has successfully completed Project COOPER. 

Project COOPER targeted high level cocaine distribution in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District. 

This project commenced on March 14, 2014 and ended on May 27, 2014. 

On May 27, 2014 police executed search warrants at:

483 Bush Street
392 Chambers Avenue
571 Parliament Street

Also on May 27, 2014 police arrested 28-year-old William Lawrence Fleming in the parking lot of the Cambrian Mall. 

Fleming was arrested for several drug related offences including conspiring to traffick and offering to traffick two kilograms of cocaine. 

During this arrest, police also seized a 2011 GMC pick up truck as offence-related. 

During this investigation police have seized the following;

  • 2.31 pounds of cocaine (37 ounces)
  • 33 pounds of marijuana (528 ounces)
  • five grams of crack cocaine
  • A 2011 GMC pick up truck

The whole sale value of all drugs seized is $147,500. 

The potential street value of all drugs seized is $326,030.

William Lawrence Fleming has been charged with the following offences and is appearing in bail court today:

  • Trafficking in a controlled substance – cocaine x 5
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime x 4
  • Conspiracy to traffick in cocaine x 1
  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking – marijuana x 1
  • Possession of a controlled substance – crack cocaine x 1

During the search of 483 Bush Street police seized eight marijuana plants in the early stages of production. 

26-year-old Joshua Daniel Kennedy has been charged with production of a controlled substance and will appear in court on June 30, 2014.

Sault Ste. Marie RCMP Detachment Commander Sergeant Michael Fenchak states: "Partnerships between various police services strengthens our ability to respond to the threat of illicit drugs in our communities."

Chief John Syrette of the Anishinabek Police Service states: "The Anishinabek Police Service is excited to partner with the other agencies in the SSM JFO Unit. We already have an excellent collaborative relationship with our policing partners. This new Unit will help all of us reduce the availability of illicit drugs in our communities."

Chief Robert Davies of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service states: "The changes we have made and are making in our organizational structure will, and has increased, the Service’s effectiveness in dealing with the areas of concern related to drug trafficking. This joint initiative embraces the Provincial Community Mobilization and Engagement Policing Model which targets proactive enforcement. This newly formed policing partnership will help make all of our communities a better place to live."


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CB4 5/28/2014 1:43:04 PM Report

Slap their wrists, who do they rat out to avoid jail time ?
TFinn 5/28/2014 2:15:11 PM Report

Yep .... honour amongst criminals ….that’s way to do it …the little minnows ratting out on the bigger fish ….!!
Sam C 5/28/2014 2:24:09 PM Report

What? No complain ts that the street value quoted was too high, or how the cops have no respect for citizens just trying to make themselves a little extra cash during these tough economic time. LoL
Verbatim 5/28/2014 2:51:56 PM Report

i think the police services is beginning to listen to the public..or at the very least reading these posts. I find it kind of amusing that they now list the retail and wholesale value
Zing 5/28/2014 2:59:25 PM Report

First of all, the drugs have absolutely NO value whatsoever unless you are a buyer.

Secondly, values are always off the charts enabling enforcement to label the busts "MAJOR".
Good job law enforcement people.

Now the lawyers and courts/judges/prosecutors will get the money....all a big circle of wealth.
jennyfluffer 5/28/2014 3:02:07 PM Report

Hmmmmm, sum little guy got busted with a couple grams of pot and rats out the bigger guy.....well played...f@#kface....remember there is no such thing as loyailty out on the streets these....for have that matter the time in ur own homw or family or circle of so called friends
Stugatzu 5/28/2014 3:42:00 PM Report

I believe the word the author is looking for is "TRAFFIC" not "TRAFFICK"

That type of typo from a "professional" news source makes them look incredibly stupid.... especially when repeating the same error a few times in one report.
alpine-69 5/28/2014 3:59:15 PM Report

The correct work was used...traffick is an alternate spelling to traffic and the proper use in regards to the story.
Webster says trafficking is: the transportation of goods for the purpose of trade, by sea, land, or air
MR.squiggles 5/28/2014 4:13:44 PM Report

Now you look incredibly stupid Stugatzu .. Why don't you go ahead and do their jobs if you care so much.
CB4 5/28/2014 5:18:27 PM Report

How much was spent on the investigation ?
Fat Boy 5/28/2014 6:16:24 PM Report

Does the amount spent on the investigation really matter? No. An individual was caught with illegal drugs, in a large amount, and that is all that matters. The drugs are off the street and so is an individual that has forfeited his rights by doing something contrary to the law. Pretty simple I would think. Hopefully the police continue and bust more of these people. Also - hopefully the courts do with them what is right and just - lock their asses up. Waste of skin.
IRONICAL MAN 5/28/2014 6:47:26 PM Report

honestly i'm just pleased to see the police responding to the very legitimate criticisms, i've been an outspoken critic of police procedure re: drug busts on here under many different names and seeing something like this is just great. i am sincerely impressed.

if anybody from the police services is listening, thank you for your consideration and for approaching your press release with some consideration for "reality."

we like seeing realistic prices; we like knowing that the police aren't at a *total* disconnect with the war on drugs they're still losing.

(i mean, what's this, 160 pounds of weed or so total seized this week? until they start bringing down the real movers & shakers hauling tons in at a time, potheads have nothing to worry about, your ten bucks is still a gram. as for cocaine, we'll burn that bridge when we come to it)
young guy 5/28/2014 7:20:30 PM Report

Get these businessmen off our streets!

Alcohol should be illegal also. It ruins people's lives more so than pot and it makes people retarded just the same.
Prrrrrrr 5/28/2014 7:25:56 PM Report

Seems odd there were no arrests made on the reserve!
IRONICAL MAN 5/28/2014 7:49:56 PM Report

or the drive-thru druglord that operates in plain sight by the bus terminal
irishfey 5/28/2014 7:50:48 PM Report

Good job Police Force!!! Time to get this sh** off the streets and away from our kids! I have no problem with the older, mature folks that want and need M.J to help them relax or use for pain, and do it in the privacy of their own homes, but the other heavy stuff has got to go!!!... Who brings this stuff into town anyway?? I hear of some sketchy Transport drivers that may be doing this. It would be easy for some to do this. Time for the Police to start checking the big rigs !!!
1fish2fish 5/28/2014 8:03:25 PM Report

There are more holes in this story than a block of swiss cheese. To conspire means more than one person acted...who was/were the others charged and where are their names. The story also leads you to believe this guy had 2+ pounds of cocaine on him when clearly he offered to traffic it...well who for? 33 pounds of weed...where did he have his back pocket? 3 houses raided and all they found were 8 seedlings on Bush street? Every pot head that wants to smoke for free attempts that at least once. He was probably growing in a windowsill right beside his Bob Marley CD's and tie dyed shirt collection. Who are you guys protecting? Give us the names of the real gangsters for a change not these boobs. Nice job on taking the dudes truck he for sure can't get to his real job. "High level" cocaine project my ass. Sensationalism 10, cops 0, epic failure....for sure.
IRONICAL MAN 5/28/2014 8:10:19 PM Report

well yeah, obviously the cops are still self-inflating to the point of appearing as farce, but we need to give them some credit for not playing up the prices this time, right?
bunyak 5/28/2014 8:33:27 PM Report

cocaine is a bad drug if you get involved with it good luck because yu going to need that luck but the chances for that are not very good.....
IRONICAL MAN 5/28/2014 8:58:44 PM Report

as is the case with most of the drug war propaganda, it's important to recognize the single grain of truth behind the endless outright lying: cocaine IS a somewhat harder drug, but certainly it is not the guaranteed ruiner of lives it's painted as. it may not jive with most moral sensibilities, but there are indeed functional cocaine users all over the world. and there are the batshit insane losers as well.

but hey, you know, it's cool. i get all my drug info from "DEA" episodes on superstation too. i smoked weed once, now i'm gay bankrupt transgender autistic and fat

1fish2fish 5/28/2014 8:59:06 PM Report

@Ironical Man
Yes I agree. Now at least with the financial analysis of the wholesale and retail prices street buyers can determine if they have made a sound fiscal decision on to whom they should buy that $10 gram of weed from. There is still only so much b.s. a person can believe. How can people that have a hard time scraping together $40 to go for a few beer on a Friday night possibly be controlling $350,000 street value in drugs. Cops need to bust someone but yet protect someone else or the money machine breaks down.
Powerwise 5/28/2014 9:34:30 PM Report

oh yeah, not to mention the asset forfeiture that is all but accounted for in the budget of many police departments (even ours?) ... they literally plan around pawning off the stuff they steal from citizens in their raids under the guise of "asset forfeiture"

Sam C 5/28/2014 10:08:32 PM Report

IRONICAL MAN... really? Are you really suggesting Cocaine isn't all that bad?
IRONICAL MAN 5/28/2014 10:25:34 PM Report

good god no!!! you misread me!! i would never suggest that propagandist campaigns distort the image of certain drugs! weed is truly evil, the devil's lettuce, and with regards to cocaine, the police basically just took down Scarface and FYI if you try cocaine once, you'll always be chasing that high, your education will all instantly vanish overnight, and you will more or less be a vegetable for life, don'tcha know.
IRONICAL MAN 5/28/2014 10:33:33 PM Report

oh yeah i forgot to mention LSD stays in your spine FOREVERRRRRR and acid flashbacks will no doubt cause you to flip out behind the wheel and drive into a crowd of schoolkids
IRONICAL MAN 5/28/2014 11:06:40 PM Report




1fish2fish 5/28/2014 11:20:24 PM Report

@lol powerwise
IRONICAL MAN 5/28/2014 11:39:06 PM Report

huhuh, u must be schizohprenic or something buddy, guess i can just ignore ur opinion safely haha
right wing 5/29/2014 8:20:27 AM Report

How ironical, IRONICAL provided absolute proof that LSD does cause flashbacks.

soowat 5/29/2014 8:54:07 AM Report

Right Wing:

You nailed it.

johnnyc 5/29/2014 9:42:54 AM Report

Stay strong brother.
dinho1985 5/29/2014 1:02:38 PM Report

So, 2 kilograms AND 2 pounds? In its entirety there was roughly 6.5 lbs of cocaine? Very confused....
ArRam 5/29/2014 1:59:09 PM Report

Be strong brotha, hold your head up high!
IRONICAL MAN 5/29/2014 3:09:24 PM Report

Right Wing:

You nailed it.
right wing 5/29/2014 5:20:24 PM Report

Confucius says driving a nail into melon head easily done with rubber hammer.
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