Four Face Charges Following North-Side Police Raid

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Thunder Bay – Thunder Bay Police have arrested and charged four people on Friday with drug and firearm-related offences following an investigation into a home takeover on the city’s north side.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Community Oriented Response (COR) Unit were dispatched to the 200 block of Sequoia Drive just after 9 a.m. on Friday, January 15 to follow up an investigation into a possible home takeover.

When police arrived, they observed a male who appeared to be preparing to jump out of a second-storey window before hearing a loud disturbance taking place inside the apartment.

Inside the apartment police located three males, two of whom attempted to provide officers with false identities. One male was found in the apartment bathroom with suspected narcotics in the toilet.

The three males and a female occupant were arrested without further incident and transported to the TBPS headquarters at 1200 Balmoral Street.

Police located a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, a quantity of suspected Fentanyl, a quantity of cash suspected to have been acquired through criminal activity, and a handgun.

A 16-year-old male from London, Ont., is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Obstruct Peace Officer
• Careless Storage of a Firearm
• Firearm Regulation
• Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Possession of a Firearm with Knowledge its Possession is Unauthorized
• Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

The youth cannot be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Amanda Dawn WRIGHT, 38, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Obstruct Peace Officer
• Careless Storage of a Firearm
• Firearm Regulation
• Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Possession of a Firearm with Knowledge its Possession is Unauthorized
• Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

Tajae-J’nye Cyprus SAMUEL-MARAGH, 18, of Ajax, Ont., is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Obstruct Peace Officer
• Careless Storage of a Firearm
• Firearm Regulation
• Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Possession of a Firearm with Knowledge its Possession is Unauthorized
• Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

Marlon MCDONALD, 19, of Whitby, Ont., is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Obstruct Peace Officer
• Careless Storage of a Firearm
• Firearm Regulation
• Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Possession of a Firearm with Knowledge its Possession is Unauthorized
• Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
• Failure to Comply with a Judicial Release

All four appeared in bail court on Saturday, Jan. 16 and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.