Police Seize Cocaine and Charge Four People in Clarkson Street Drug Bust

Thunder Bay District Court
Thunder Bay District Court

THUNDER BAY – Another step forward in the battle against illegal drug trafficking.

Thunder Bay Police charged four people and seized a quantity of cocaine following a search of a home on the city’s north side Thursday morning.

The Thunder Bay Police Service and the OPP conducted a search at a residential address in the 100 block of Clarkson Street South just before 10:00 AM EDT on Thursday, July 16, 2020. The search warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking activity from that address.

When officers entered the home they located four suspects, all of whom were arrested without incident at the scene.

A search of the home led to the seizure of a quantity of Cocaine, paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking and firearm ammunition.

Joshua METANSINNE, 29, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Nolan Mathew MEQUANAWAP, 25, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Celine Marie BELLEAU, 38, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking and Breach of Probation.

Cherise Julia Kristy ANDERSON, 21, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.

All four appeared in bail court on Friday, July 17 and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

If you see suspicious activity at a home in your neighbourhood, you can contact Thunder Bay Police or Crimestoppers to report it. Police can then investigate.

Signs of illegal activity

If a property is being used for an illegal activity you may notice some common signs.

Seeing one of these signs doesn’t always mean illegal activity is going on, but if they happen often or together, a problem may exist.

Some common signs of illegal activity include:

  • frequent visitors at all times of the day and night
  • frequent late night activity
  • extensive home security
  • residents that are rarely seen, distant or secretive
  • windows blackened or curtains always drawn
  • neglected property and yard
  • people repeatedly visiting the property who only go to the door for a short time
  • residents who regularly meet vehicles near the property for a short time
  • strange odours coming from the house or garbage
  • garbage that contains numerous bottles and containers, particularly chemical containers
  • putting garbage in a neighbour’s collection area

If there’s a suspicious property in your neighbourhood, don’t investigate it or approach its residents.