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Huge drug sweep in North Bay. 265 charges. 46 suspects

By SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com
Friday, February 06, 2009

OPP NEWS RELEASE

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Joint Forces Drug Unit charges 46 people with 265 offences

NORTH BAY, ON (February 6) - The Joint Forces Drug Unit, which is comprised of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Drug Enforcement Section and the North Bay Police Service, has charged 46 individuals with drug related offences following early morning arrests conducted in the communities of North Bay, Mattawa and Powassan on Thursday February 5.

The charges stem from an eight-month undercover investigation conducted by the Joint Forces Drug Unit.

The undercover investigation focused on drug traffickers operating in the communities of North Bay, Mattawa and Powassan.

An undercover officer was successful in infiltrating local traffickers and making numerous drug purchases.

The investigation concluded with the execution of eight search warrants.

Forty-six individuals have been charged with 265 drug related offences.

Drugs purchased and seized during the investigation were 2.5 pounds of cocaine, 22 pounds of marijuana, 234 grams of psilocybin, and 500 oxycodone and ecstasy pills.

The street value of the drugs seized is $335,000.

Four rifles that were stolen from a break and enter at a residence in Powassan were purchased.

An additional 12 more rifles along with a stolen pickup truck, two stolen ATVs and $22,000 cash was also seized during this investigation.

Charges are pending against two more individuals.

Charged are:

Jeff SANTERRE, age 34, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 10 counts
Theft under $5,000 – 2 counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 6 Counts

Richard MARTEL, age 27, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 16 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 10 Counts
Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – 1 Count

William PEARCE, age 28, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 9 Counts
Trafficking in a Firearm – 2 Counts
Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime – 1 Count
Possession of a Firearm While Prohibited – 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 7 Counts
Production of a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Breach of Probation – 11 Counts

Peter SUTHERLAND, age 55, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

Gerald BOUCHER, age 52, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance- 4 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 4 Counts

Willy LATOUR, age 30, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance - 6 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 4 Counts
Breach of Probation – 3 Counts

William McPHEE, age 52, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 7 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 5 Counts
Breach of Probation – 3 Counts

Ray BOUCHER, age 56, of Sudbury
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 3 Counts
Possession Of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

Laura BAILEY, age 33, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 4 Counts
Possession Of Property Obtained by Crime – 4 Counts

Jeff QUENNEVILLE, age 34, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession Of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count
Breach of Probation – 1 Count

Scott EVANS, age 36, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance - 3 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 3 Counts

Tammy ANDERSON, age 37, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 8 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 6 Counts

Jason LANG, age 32, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 3 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 2 Counts

Donna DEWOLF, age 38, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 4 Counts
Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 3 Counts

Mick LABROSSE, age 38, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count

Jason TOPPS, age 27, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

Larkin CHARLEBOIS, age 55, of North Bay
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

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