Major Fentanyl Bust Made by Joint Task Force

Thunder Bay News

TBPS Image - Fentanyl Seized
TBPS Image - Fentanyl Seized

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police have made what the service says is the largest Fentanyl seizure in the TBPS history.

Police officers arrested three people on Peter Street just before 7:30 pm EDT on Wednesday, March 20, in connection with an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

The investigation was conducted by the Joint Task Force, which involves members from the Thunder Bay Police Service, OPP, Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and Anishinabek Police Service.

Through this investigation, police identified a suspect believed to be in possession of Fentanyl landing at the Thunder Bay International Airport just before 7 pm EDT that same day.

During the arrest, officers located a quantity of Fentanyl. The three suspects were subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Thunder Bay Police Service headquarters at 1200 Balmoral Street.

Investigators obtained search warrants for a vehicle and a residence in the zero-to-100 block of Peter Street, both of which were connected to the ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

Thunder Bay Police Service Image
Thunder Bay Police Service Image

As a result of those searches, officers located more Fentanyl, a quantity of Hydromorphone pills, about $28,000 CAD, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

The estimated value of the Fentanyl seized is more $160,000, and the estimated value of the pills seized is nearly $1,000.

Taha Sevket KARAN, 20, of Toronto, is charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Failing to Comply With Condition Recognizance.

Jonathan Philip TRULIK, 54, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x2.

Shayn Thomas WILSON, 35, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2.

All three accused appeared in court Thursday and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates. None of the charges have been proven in court.

This is the largest single seizure of Fentanyl in Thunder Bay to date.