THUNDER BAY – Crime – Thunder Bay Police have taken a million dollars worth of cocaine and Oxycodone are off the streets. Police made the bust after a long investigation.
The investigation started in November 2012 Drug Enforcement Officers started surveillance on a 28 year old male resident of Thunder Bay. The suspect was believed to be involved in the trafficking of cocaine in the city. As a result of this investigation, on April 9, 2013 drug officers assisted by officers with the Guns and Gangs Unit executed a Criminal Code search warrant on a building situated in the 200 block of Miles Street Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay Police make major drug bust
Investigators located a large quantity of Cocaine and Oxycodone tablets. Subsequently two (2) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants were applied for and granted; one for the Miles street address and the second for a residence in the 200 block of East Frances Street Thunder Bay. These search warrants were executed in the early hours of April 10, 2013.
Search of the East Frances Street residence resulted in the arrest of a 28 year old male. Search of the Miles Street and East Frances Street locations resulted in the seizure of approximately 3 kilograms of uncut Cocaine, approximately 500 Oxycodone tablets, and approximately 50 grams of marijuana. The potential street value of all drugs seized is approximately $1,000,000.00. Also seized was approximately $21,250.00 in Canadian currency.
The following person is facing criminal charges;
Ryan Wilson Christianson 28 years of age
• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking s. 5(2) CDSA
• Possession of Oxycodone for the Purpose of Trafficking s. 5(2) CDSA
• Possession of Marijuana s. 4(1) CDSA
• Proceeds of Crime s. 354(1)(a) CCC
Christianson was held in custody and had a court appearance on April 10, 2013. He was remanded into custody and will appear in Thunder Bay court later today.
Police advise that this is believed to be the largest single seizure of Cocaine in the City of Thunder Bay.
The investigation continues.
The Combined Forces Organized Crime Unit consists of members from The Thunder Bay Police Service, The O.P.P.- Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, The R.C.M.P., The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and The Anishinabek Police Service.