Thunder Bay Police Announce More Project Dolphin Arrests

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Thunder Bay Police

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police Service has announced additional arrests in conjunction with Project Dolphin. TBPS report, “The continued investigation resulting from Project Dolphin has resulted in a series of new charges involving the alleged importation of Cannabis Resin from the United States to Canada in 2009.  Six Thunder Bay men are facing drug related charges.  One individual is facing a charge of Breach of Trust relating to his former position as a C.B.S.A. Officer.”

The individuals charged are as follows:

Fortunato COLISTRO – 43 years old

  • Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance
  • Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance
  • Importing a Controlled Substance
  • Committing an offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization

Alain GALLANT Jr. – 34 years old

  • Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance
  • Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance
  • Importing a Controlled Substance
  • Committing an offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization

Travis Garth GORDON – 31 years old

  • Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance
  • Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance
  • Committing an offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization

Rory Jacob PELLETIER – 44 years old

  • Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance
  • Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance
  • Importing a Controlled Substance
  • Committing an offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization

Keith John RITCHIE – 32 years old

  • Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance
  • Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance
  • Importing a Controlled Substance
  • Committing an offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization

Jason Stokaluk – 34 years old

  • Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Substance
  • Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance
  • Importing a Controlled Substance
  • Committing an offence for the benefit of a Criminal Organization
  • Breach of Trust

(All have been released.  Mr. PELLEIER’s next court date is January 20, 2015.  All others listed here are January 29, 2015)

Project Dolphin History:


A milestone in Project Dolphin occurred on June 16, 2011 when officers with our partner agencies executed 15 search warrants in the City of Thunder Bay.  Seven 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.

Project Dolphin has resulted in seizures of over 2.1 million dollars in illicit drugs and nearly $500,000 in cash and property.

During the execution of the initial search warrants and arrests in Thunder Bay in June 2011, a number of electronic communications devices including phones and computers were seized.  An examination of these devices with the primary assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Technological Crime Branch furthered the investigation and provided evidence to support new arrests and charges.

It is alleged that this criminal organization used sophisticated methods for communications relating to the trafficking and distribution of drugs.

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