Amanda Dawn MARTIN and John Martin RECOLLET Face Drug Trafficking Charges

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THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Another suspected home takeover was disrupted by Thunder Bay Police today.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Community Oriented Response and Engagement (CORE) Unit were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Pearl Street just before 11:30 am on Wednesday, June 29th to conduct a welfare check.

Police disrupted the suspected home takeover and seized nearly $30,000 worth of suspected cocaine.  The welfare check was related to ongoing concerns that a resident may have become the victim of an ongoing home-takeover situation.

When police arrived, they observed multiple people inside the residence. An investigation identified a male and female suspect who were believed to be involved in drug trafficking activities.

The suspects were later found to be in possession of a quantity of suspected cocaine, cash, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

The pair were arrested and transported to the TBPS headquarters at 1200 Balmoral Street.

The estimated street value of the drugs seized totaled more than $28,000 CAD.

Amanda Dawn MARTIN, 38, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon knowing it Possession is Unauthorized

John Martin RECOLLET, 40, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon knowing it Possession is Unauthorized
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000

Both appeared in bail court on Thursday, June 30 and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

Signs of illegal activity – Recognize a Trap House

If a property is being used for an illegal activity you may notice some common signs.

Seeing one of these signs doesn’t always mean illegal activity is going on, but if they happen often or together, a problem may exist.

Some common signs of illegal activity include:

  • frequent visitors at all times of the day and night
  • frequent late night activity
  • extensive home security
  • residents that are rarely seen, distant or secretive
  • windows blackened or curtains always drawn
  • neglected property and yard
  • people repeatedly visiting the property who only go to the door for a short time
  • residents who regularly meet vehicles near the property for a short time
  • strange odours coming from the house or garbage
  • garbage that contains numerous bottles and containers, particularly chemical containers
  • putting garbage in a neighbour’s collection area

If there’s a suspicious property in your neighbourhood, don’t investigate it or approach its residents. Call Police or crime stoppers.