Major Drug Bust Following Traffic Stop in Garden River

Ontario Provincial Police

Efforts to Halt Evasion: Swift Response to Fleeing Vehicle

SAULT ST. MARIE – NEWS – In a concerted effort on March 5, 2024, law enforcement personnel successfully intercepted a vehicle that initially failed to comply with a stop directive issued by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. This led officers to Sweet Grass Street in Garden River First Nation, setting the stage for a significant operation.

Substantial Drug Haul Uncovered: Variety of Illicit Substances Seized

Upon locating the vehicle, a thorough search was conducted, revealing a cache of illegal drugs. Authorities reported the seizure of over 71 grams of suspected Fentanyl, more than 24 grams of suspected Cocaine, upwards of 18 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, and approximately 219 Percocet pills.

The total estimated street value of these drugs amounts to $17,000. Additionally, officers discovered drug paraphernalia, in excess of $2,000 in Canadian currency, and a replica firearm within the vehicle.

Legal Repercussions: Multiple Charges for Two Individuals

The operation resulted in the arrest of Michael HOGAN-DENIS, 29, from Sault Ste. Marie, and Bridgette SIMONS, 25, from Thessalon. Both individuals are now facing numerous charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking various Schedule I substances, possession of a prohibited device, and possession of proceeds of crime, among other charges.

Collaborative Policing Effort: Joint Operation Enhances Community Safety

This arrest was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Sault Ste. Marie OPP and Batchewana First Nation Police, with additional support from the OPP Community Street Crime and Canine Units.


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