Three Individuals Charged in Nipigon Drug Trafficking Investigation

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NIPIGON, ON A comprehensive investigation into drug trafficking in Nipigon has resulted in multiple charges against three individuals.

On May 29, 2024, the Nipigon Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), along with the OPP Northwest Region Emergency Response Team and the OPP Northwest Region K9 Unit, executed a search warrant on Harkness Street in Nipigon. This operation was part of an ongoing effort to combat the trafficking of Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) within the town.

As a result of the investigation, the following individuals have been arrested and charged with multiple offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and the CDSA:

Adrian Crawford, 52, of Nipigon:

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine: This charge indicates that Crawford was found with methamphetamine, suspected to be intended for sale rather than personal use. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl: This serious charge suggests possession of fentanyl for sale. A conviction could lead to a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
  • Failure to Comply with Release Order (two counts): These charges indicate that Crawford breached conditions set by a court order, which could lead to additional penalties, including imprisonment.

William Laird, 65, of Nipigon:

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine: Indicates Laird was found with methamphetamine, likely intended for sale. The penalty upon conviction can be up to life imprisonment.
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Morphine: Suggests possession of morphine for sale, also carrying a potential life imprisonment penalty.
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000: This charge indicates that Laird had property obtained through criminal activity, with penalties including fines and imprisonment.

Agnes Hardy, 37, of Nipigon:

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine: Indicates Hardy was found with methamphetamine intended for sale, with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000: Suggests possession of property gained through criminal activity, with potential fines and imprisonment.

During the investigation, officers seized quantities of suspected fentanyl, morphine, and methamphetamine, as well as Canadian currency and other items associated with drug trafficking.

Crawford and Laird were held in custody for a bail hearing. Hardy was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 2, 2024.

The OPP urges anyone with information regarding illegal drug possession and trafficking to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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