THUNDER BAY – CRIME – Two males from Ottawa are in custody after the Ontario Provincial Police and the Thunder Bay Police Service Guns and Gangs unit made arrests. The arrests happened last Saturday. Thunder Bay Police state that an estimated $90,000 worth of illegal drugs along with a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) was seized in the arrest in the Nipigon area.
The Ontario Provincial Police and Thunder Bay Police Service seized 1,400 Morphine capsules and ten Fentanyl patches.
The arrests are a part of a much larger operation by Police across Ontario. Five individuals were arrested in Ottawa, and two individuals are remaining at large. All seven now face numerous drug and gun charges.
Over the course of the investigation ten search warrants were executed resulting in the seizure of 10 firearms (6 handguns, 3 submachine guns, 1 long gun along) with 2,000 rounds of ammunition, two vehicles, $85,000.00 in Canadian Currency, 58.5 grams of Crack Cocaine, 113 grams of MDPV (bath salts), 229 grams of MDMA (ecstasy), 15.8 grams of Cocaine, 9 grams of Psilocybin and 125.5 grams of Marihuana.
The Ottawa Police investigation uncovered a drug ring that was supplying Northern Ontario locations with drugs from Ottawa and Toronto.
The Ontario Provincial Police and Thunder Bay Police Service seized 1,400 Morphine capsules and ten Fentanyl patches. Two Ottawa residents are facing charges in that jurisdiction.
The following Ottawa residents have been charged:
* Matthew DIMILLO, 26 years
* Luke MCCORMICK, 23 years
* Michael MEEHAN, 22 years
* David CHOLEWA, 31 years
* Melissa PROPHET, 23 years
* Khalilulah IRIKEN, 26 years
* Alan MACDONALD, 24 years
All are facing more than 75 criminal charges including: drug trafficking, possession of a firearm, possession of a restricted weapon, possession of weapon dangerous to public, possession of a firearm obtained by crime and many more.
Arrest warrants are outstanding for Khalilulah IRIKEN, 26 years old of Ottawa and Alan MACDONALD, 24 years old of Ottawa. MACDONALD is believed to be in the Toronto area. MACDONALD is very distinctive with full arm and neck tattoos.
Both IRIKEN and MACDONALD should be considered armed and dangerous.
If you have any information about their whereabouts please contact the Ottawa Police Drug Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5080 or phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll-free at 1-800-222-847.
The SUV apparently was modified for transporting drugs so that they would be harder for authorities to locate.
The arrests are part of an ongoing three month long investigation into the activities of the Ottawa-based gang.
The TBPS stated that several members of the out-of-town group are already in custody facing charges including drug and firearm offences. Police have recovered long-arms, handguns, and illegal narcotics.
The group which has been in Thunder Bay has been reportedly engaged in the distribution of marijuana, morphine, cocaine, and fentanyl.