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Police seize over $29K in drugs during search warrant (4 photos)

NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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JAMES TWP, CHAMBERLAIN TWP – On March 12, 2021 shortly after 4:30 p.m. members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call for a break and enter on Highway 560 in the Township of James. Preliminary investigation revealed that the perpetrators attended the property on March 10 and stole some items, and then re-attended the same property on March 12, 2021 to steal further items.

On March 16, shortly after 10 a.m., officers were conducting pro-active patrols on Highway 11 in the Township of Chamberlain when one of the accused was located inside a vehicle and arrested.

A search incident to arrest revealed suspected Fentanyl and Crystal Methamphetamine.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. officers located and arrested a second accused.

A search incident to arrest revealed suspected Crystal Methamphetamine.

On March 17, 2021 members of the Temiskaming Detachment, OPP Crime Unit and the Northeast Region (NER) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) executed a search warrant at a residence on Highway 11, in the Township of Chamberlain. 

A substantial quantity of suspected Fentanyl, Crystal Methamphetamine, Methamphetamine tablets and cash were seized. A street value of $29,600. Furthermore, firearms, and a considerable amount of stolen property were recovered at the property.

Dwayne Nelson, a 49-year-old resident of Chamberlain Township, has been charged with: 

  • Break, enter a place - commit indictable offence, contrary to section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC), 
  • Break and enter a place and steal a firearm, contrary to section 98(1)(b) of the CC, 
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking - Methamphetamine, contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), 
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking - Opioid (other than heroin), contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA, 
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000 - in Canada, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC, 
  • Possession of a firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon obtained by crime, contrary to section 96(a) of the CC, 
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, contrary to section 91(1) of the CC, 
  • Fail to comply with probation order, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC (two counts), 
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of weapon, contrary to section 92(2) of the CC, 
  • Unauthorized possession of weapon, contrary to section 91(2) of the CC, 
  • Failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court, contrary to section 145(5)(a) of the CC (three counts),
  • Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order, contrary to section 117.01(1) of the CC, 
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm - licence, contrary to section 92(1)(a) of the CC, 
  • Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code, contrary to section 320.18(1)(a) of the CC (two counts), and 
  • Trafficking in firearm, weapon, device, or ammunition contrary to section 99 of the CC (six counts).

Claire Laforge, a 50-year-old resident of Chamberlain Township, has been charged with: 

  • Break and enter a place and steal a firearm, contrary to section 98(1)(b) of the CC, 
  • Possession of a firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon obtained by crime, contrary to section 96(a) of the CC, 
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm, contrary to section 91(1) of the CC, 
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm - licence, contrary to section 92(1)(a) of the CC, 
  • Unauthorized possession of weapon, contrary to section 91(2) of the CC, 
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of weapon, contrary to section 92(2) of the CC, 
  • Fail to comply with probation order, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC, 
  • Break, enter a place - commit indictable offence, contrary to section 348(1)(b) of the CC, and 
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance - Methamphetamine, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA.  

The accused were held for a Bail Hearing and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date in the City of Temiskaming Shores.

The Temiskaming OPP would like to remind the public, to report all suspicious activity to police. Try to obtain as much information as possible while assuring your safety, and do not interfere with the crime scene.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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