OPP Conclude three-month Investigation Seize Drugs

Ontario Provincial Police

NIPISSING –  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) has concluded a three-month investigation into individuals distributing large quantities of fentanyl and methamphetamine in the Municipality of West Nipissing, Ontario.

At the conclusion of the investigation, dubbed Project Bendigo, two search warrants were executed with the assistance of the OPP Emergency Response Team, OPP Canine Unit, the OPP Community Street Crime Unit and the West Nipissing Police Service.

A substantial amount of suspected fentanyl pills, several thousand suspected methamphetamine tablets, six long guns and a credit card making device with several hundred blank credit cards and blank smart cards was seized. The street value of the drugs seized is approximately $162,600.

As a result of the investigation, the following people have been charged:

Keith McKee, age 21 of Field, Ontario

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) – 2 Counts,
  • Possession of Credit Card Instruments, contrary to section 342.01(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC).

He has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing.

Jonathan RIVEST, age 33 of Terre-Bonne, Quebec

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking, contrary to section 5 (2) of the CDSA – 2 Counts,
  • Possession of a Credit Card Instruments, contrary to section 342.01(1)(b) of the CC.

He has been remanded in custody pending a bail hearing.

Yves BROSSEAU, age 29 of Field, Ontario

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA.

He was released on a Promise to Appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on December 6, 2018.

Michael McKee, age 54 of Field, Ontario

  • Careless Storage of Firearm and ammunition, contrary to section s. 86(1) CC,
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm, contrary to section 86(2) CC.

He was released on a Promise to Appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on December 6, 2018.