M’CHIGEENG—Five people have been charged by police for trafficking controlled substances in the community of M’Chigeeng First Nation. On April 6, information was received by local police regarding people trafficking controlled substances in the community.
A telewarrant to search was obtained for the residence, at unit #6-726A Highway 551, M’Chigeeng as a result of the information received.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit and Tactics and Rescue Unit and UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service major crime unit, executed the warrant and arrested five individuals without incident.
A search of the residence revealed: approximately $5,000 in Canadian currency; approximately $15,540 in illicit controlled substances, including 28 grams of fentanyl powder (street value of $14,000), one gram of crack cocaine (street value of $200), six grams of cocaine (street value of $1,200) and two grams of psylocibin (magic mushrooms) with a street value of $40.
As a result, four adult males and one male youth have been charged with: possession for the purpose of trafficking in a schedule one substance (fentanyl)-S.5(2) CDSA; possession for the purpose of trafficking in a schedule one substance (crack cocaine)-S-.5(2) CDSA; possession for the purpose of trafficking in a schedule one substance (cocaine) S.5(2) CDSA; possession of a schedule III substance (psylocibin-magic mushrooms)-S.4(1) CDSA; possession of property obtained by crime (Canadian currency)-S.354(1)(a) CC., and possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose (bear mace) -S.88 CC.
Accused parties will be attending bail hearings to determine release and conditions.
“Community safety is a collaborative effort with our communities. UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service would like to remind the public that we need to work together to ensure the safety, protection and overall health and wellness of our communities,” a release says. “We need your help, your information, and your assistance to affect changes. Drug trafficking invites residual and lateral violence into your communities, such as home invasions, serious assaults and homicides, and leads to the erosion of our communities through addiction, homelessness, and overdose deaths. We need to speak directly with the people who have the information that we require to ensure the safety and protection of our communities. Remember, information is best protected and utilized when the police can receive the information firsthand.”