Major Drug Trafficking Operation Leads to Four Arrests: Cocaine and Fentanyl Seized

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Thunder Bay – News – Thunder Bay Police Service’s Emergency Task Unit, in collaboration with the Ontario Provincial Police’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and Nishnawbe Aski Police Service’s Drug Unit, conducted a successful operation resulting in the arrest of four suspects and the seizure of a substantial quantity of suspected cocaine and fentanyl.

Successful Operation

On Tuesday, October 10, at approximately 5:45 p.m., members of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Emergency Task Unit executed a search warrant at two residences in the 800-block of McLaughlin Street. This operation, supported by ongoing investigations by the TBPS’s Intelligence Unit into drug trafficking activities, led to the apprehension of four individuals involved in the illegal drug trade.

Seizure of Drugs and Cash

Upon entry, law enforcement discovered and seized a significant quantity of suspected cocaine and fentanyl, along with a substantial amount of cash believed to exceed $5,000 CAD. The operation demonstrates the ongoing efforts of the Thunder Bay Police Service to curb drug trafficking in the region.

Criminal Charges and Ongoing Investigations

The suspects, Jeron BECKFORD, Codey James LITTLE, Brigitte Diane PUSHKAR, and Mario WILLIAMS, are facing charges under the Criminal Code of Canada related to possession of cocaine and fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, as well as possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime.

Cameron BECKFORD, 27, of Toronto, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking

• Possession of Proceeds of Property of Crime Over $5,000

• Obstruct Peace Officer

Codey James LITTLE, 39, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking

• Possession of Proceeds of Property of Crime Over $5,000

• Failure to Comply with a Release Order

Brigitte Diane PUSHKAR, 31, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking

• Possession of Proceeds of Property of Crime Over $5,000

Mario WILLIAMS, 35, of Barrie, Ont., is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

• Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking

• Possession of Proceeds of Property of Crime Over $5,000

• Obstruct Peace Officer

The four accused appeared in bail court in Thunder Bay on Wednesday, October 11, and have been remanded into custody with future court appearance dates.

Support and Assistance for Overcoming Addiction

Overcoming addiction is a challenging journey, but it is not one that has to be taken alone. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, there are numerous resources available, including counselling services, support groups, and helplines. Seeking help from medical professionals, therapists, or support organizations can provide invaluable assistance and guidance on the path to recovery.

For more information on available support services, please visit local community health centers, addiction counselling services, or contact national helplines such as the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction at 1-833-235-4048 or the National Alcohol and Drug Helpline at 1-866-236-1651.

Recognizing and Reporting Drug Trap Houses: A Community Safety Guide

Living in a safe and secure neighborhood is essential for the well-being of any community. However, the presence of drug trap houses can jeopardize the safety and harmony of local areas. Recognizing these establishments and knowing how to report them is crucial in ensuring the safety of your community. In this guide, we’ll outline the signs of a drug trap house and provide steps on how to report suspicious activities to the Thunder Bay Police or Crimestoppers.

Understanding Drug Trap Houses

**1. ** Frequent and Suspicious Visitors: Drug trap houses often have a high volume of people coming and going at odd hours. Visitors might appear agitated, anxious, or overly cautious, reflecting the illegal activities taking place inside.

**2. ** Increased Foot Traffic: Excessive foot traffic to and from a particular residence, especially during the night, is a red flag. This can indicate the house is a hub for drug-related activities.

**3. ** Covered Windows: Trap houses may have covered windows to conceal activities inside while allowing those outside to observe the surroundings. This tactic provides a sense of security to the individuals involved in illegal activities.

**4. ** Unusual Odors: Strange and pungent odors emanating from a house, such as chemical smells or the strong scent of marijuana, could indicate drug production or consumption.

**5. ** Excessive Security Measures: Excessive security, like reinforced doors, bars on windows, or security cameras, can be signs of a drug trap house. These measures are often taken to protect illegal operations inside.

Reporting Suspicious Activities

**1. ** Stay Safe: If you suspect a house is a drug trap, prioritize your safety. Do not attempt to confront anyone involved in illegal activities. Your safety is paramount.

**2. ** Document Observations: Take note of specific activities, dates, and times. Document descriptions of individuals and any vehicles coming and going. The more detailed your information, the more helpful it will be for law enforcement.

**3. ** Contact Thunder Bay Police: Report your observations to the Thunder Bay Police at 807-684-1200. Provide all the information you have gathered, emphasizing your concerns about the suspicious activities at the specific location.

**4. ** Utilize Crimestoppers: Anonymously report suspicious activities to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppers.ca. Your identity will remain confidential, allowing you to contribute to community safety without fear of retaliation.

**5. ** Encourage Community Awareness: Raise awareness among your neighborus about the signs of drug trap houses. Encourage them to report any suspicious activities promptly. A vigilant community can significantly contribute to local safety.

By recognizing the signs of drug trap houses and reporting suspicious activities promptly, you play a vital role in maintaining the safety and security of your community. Working together, residents can help law enforcement agencies identify and address illegal activities, making our neighbourhoods safer for everyone.

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