Thunder Bay Police Seize Over $460,000 Worth of Drugs and Arrest Six Suspects

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Guns and Drugs Seized
Guns and Drugs Seized

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Six individuals, including several from Quebec and the Greater Toronto Area, were arrested by the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Intelligence Unit, with the assistance of the Emergency Task Unit, following the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Leith Street on May 3.

The search warrant was obtained as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking activity at the location.

Upon entering the home, police discovered and apprehended the six suspects, who were subsequently transported to TBPS headquarters.

A significant quantity of suspected crack cocaine, cocaine, fentanyl, cash, and drug trafficking paraphernalia were found and seized by police. Additionally, a loaded handgun and ammunition were confiscated during the operation.

The total value of the drugs seized was estimated to be over $460,000, with cash exceeding $50,000 CAD.

Five individuals were charged with possession of cocaine, possession of fentanyl, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, and careless storage of a firearm. One individual was charged with failure to comply with a release order.

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
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
• Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Careless Storage of a Firearm x 2
• Failure to Comply with Release Order

Cecil Joseph William BANNON, 51, 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 Over $5,000
• Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Careless Storage of a Firearm

Justin Alexander BOYCE, 31, of Chateauguay, QC, 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 Over $5,000
• Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Careless Storage of a Firearm

Kyler JOHNSON, 27, 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 Over $5,000
• Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Careless Storage of a Firearm

Charlene Rose LONERGAN, 50, 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 Over $5,000
• Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Careless Storage of a Firearm

Bako MITCHELL-ERZUAH, 28, of Montreal, 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 Over $5,000
• Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
• Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
• Careless Storage of a Firearm

All appeared in bail court on Thursday, May 4 and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

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