Dryden OPP and NAPS Bust Drug Traffickers: Two Face Multiple Charges

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Dryden OPP Bust Drug Traffickers: Two Face Multiple Charges
Dryden OPP Bust Drug Traffickers: Two Face Multiple Charges

Charges Laid Under Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Dryden, Ontario – NEWS An investigation led by the Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), with assistance from the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, has resulted in the laying of charges against two individuals following a significant drug-related incident.

Traffic Stop Uncovers Illicit Substances and Weapons

On November 29, 2023, just after 12:00 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Government Street in the City of Dryden. Upon further investigation, the officers uncovered a cache of illicit substances believed to be cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. In addition to the narcotics, Canadian currency was seized, along with a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser), brass knuckles, a switchblade knife, and items associated with drug trafficking.

Criminal Charges and Penalties

As a result of the comprehensive investigation, two individuals from Hamilton, Ontario, have been arrested and charged with various offenses under the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act:

Joseph PAQUETTE, 54 years old, Hamilton ON, faces the following charges:

  1. Possession of a Schedule I substance (cocaine) for the purpose of trafficking
  2. Possession of a Schedule I substance (fentanyl) for the purpose of trafficking
  3. Possession of a Schedule I substance (methamphetamine) for the purpose of trafficking
  4. Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000
  5. Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (3 counts)

Amanda DUHAIME, 39 years old, Hamilton ON, is charged with the following offenses:

  1. Possession of a Schedule I substance (cocaine) for the purpose of trafficking
  2. Possession of a Schedule I substance (fentanyl) for the purpose of trafficking
  3. Possession of a Schedule I substance (methamphetamine) for the purpose of trafficking
  4. Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000
  5. Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (3 counts)
  6. Possession of a prohibited device contrary to a Prohibition Order

Both accused have been remanded into custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora on December 1, 2023.

Community Support

The OPP urges anyone with information regarding the trafficking of illicit drugs to come forward and assist in their efforts. You can reach out to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to maintain your anonymity, Crime Stoppers is available at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Your information can make a difference in keeping our communities safe from drug-related activities.

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