Thunder Bay Police Arrest Four People in Drug Trafficking Investigation

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THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Emergency Task Unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 1500 block of Rankin Street just before 12:30 pm EDT on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Three southern Ontario males, and a Thunder Bay man were arrested and charged by police.

The warrant was obtained as a result of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking by members of the TBPS Intelligence Unit.

When police entered the home, they located and arrested the four suspects without further incident.

Further investigation found that two of the suspects had attempted to destroy evidence as police entered the home.

A search of the home led to the seizure of a quantity of suspected fentanyl, suspected cocaine, currency in excess of $6000.00 and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

The suspects were transported to the TBPS headquarters at 1200 Balmoral Street.

Kelvin AWUKU-WELBECK, 19, of Brampton, Ont., is charged with:
• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000

Delano BOYCE, 21, of Barrie, Ont., is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Obstruct Peace Officer

Dean William DOUGLAS, 76, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000

Nan Akwasi OPOKU-SARKODIE, 21, of Toronto, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Obstruct Peace Officer
• Failure to Comply with Release Order

OPOKU-SARKODIE’s fail to comply charge stems from a release condition that prohibited him from being in the City of Thunder Bay with the exception of appearing for court dates.

All four appeared in bail court on Thursday, May 12 and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

All accused are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.