THUNDER BAY – Eighteen months ago Francesco Muzzi was arrested and charged with drug offenses in Operation Dolphin. A Thunder Bay based organized crime group with multiple drug distribution cells was the focus of Project Dolphin. This week Muzzi was sentenced to nine years in prison.
On June 16, 2011 Thunder Bay Police reported officers with our partner agencies executed 15 search warrants in the City of Thunder Bay. Six individuals, who are alleged to be key figures in the distribution of illicit drugs, were arrested at various locations in Thunder Bay. In addition, 2 other individuals were also arrested in connection with the investigation.
A large quantity of illicit drugs, cash and personal property was seized:
• 26 lbs of Marijuana
• 1 Kg Cocaine
• 2,000 Oxycodone pills
• 46 lbs Hash oil
• 5 vehicles
The value of the drugs seized was estimated at nearly 1 million dollars. Cash and property seized is valued at approximately $120,000.
Muzzi plead guilty to trafficking oxycodone, cocaine, conspiring to commit an offence, as well as being a member of a criminal organization.
A sentence of nine years being imposed on Francesco Muzzi by Justice Diane Baig.
He was originally charged with:
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (7 counts)
Conspiracy to Traffic (2 counts)
Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000 (7 counts)