Home Takeover Investigation Puts Two Behind Bars

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Thunder Bay Police Service

THUNDER BAY – News – Two suspects, including a Toronto youth, were arrested following an investigation into a suspected ongoing home takeover on the city’s southside Wednesday evening.

Officers with the Primary Response Unit were dispatched to a residential address in the 900 block of Northern Avenue just after 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10th in response to a suspected home takeover situation.

Police learned the elderly tenant of an apartment may have had their home taken over by individuals involved in the drug-trafficking trade.

There was also concern the elderly victim could have been the victim of ongoing abuse.

When police arrived at the apartment they observed a male suspect attempting to flee from a window. The male was apprehended following a brief foot pursuit. A second male suspect was located inside the apartment.

Further investigation led to the seizure of a quantity of suspected cocaine, fentanyl, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

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

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

A 17-year-old male from Toronto is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Obstruct Peace Officer
• Unlawfully in a Dwelling

Francis Joseph VALLE, 33, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Breach of Probation x 2

Both accused appeared in bail court on Wednesday, January 11, and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

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