West Frederica Street Drug Bust Nets Fentanyl and Cash

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Thunder Bay – NEWS – Thunder Bay Police arrested two suspects and seized fentanyl, crack cocaine, and other drugs with a total potential street value of $172,000 Tuesday.

Tthe TBPS’s Intelligence Unit, with assistance from the OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, executed a search warrant at a residential address in the 1400 block of Frederica Street West at about 10:50 pm EST on Tuesday, March 2. The warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking activity in the city.

As a result off their search officers located and seized a significant quantity of fentanyl, cash believed to be approximately $15,000 CAD, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

Prior to the search off the home, police located and arrested two suspects connected to this drug trafficking investigation.

The suspects were arrested following a traffic stop at the corner of James and Isabella Streets just after 6:20 pm EST At the time of the arrest the suspects were in possession of a quantity of suspected fentanyl, a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, cash, and Percocet pills.

The estimated potential street value of drugs seized totals more than $172,000.

Michael Erik BENGTSSON, 40, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

– Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Oxycodone for the Purpose of Trafficking

Jacob Byron FRANTZEN, 25, of Toronto, is charged with:

– Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Oxycodone for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Breach of Probation x 3

Further investigation revealed FRANTZEN was in violation of court-ordered conditions not to be in the City of Thunder Bay. Those conditions came as a result of drug-trafficking charges laid by the Thunder Bay Police Service in 2020.

Both accused appeared in bail court on March 3, 2021 and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

None of the charges have been proven in a court of law.