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METH AND OXY DEALER MAURICE BEGIN FROM LONGLAC SENTENCED TO ANOTHER 78 DAYS IN JAIL FOR 2 COUNTS OF TRAFFICKING

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HIS CO-ACCUSED WIFE, RHONDA REUBEN HAS NEXT COURT DATE IN LONGLAC ON MAY 16,2018

Appearing this morning, Friday May 11,2018 in Courtroom 102 before Justice Frank Valente is 58 year old MAURICE BEGIN. He’s wearing glasses and is about 5’6”, average build with baggy white t-shirt and blue jeans. He stands at the podium hunched over and leaning on it.

Federal Crown Ron Poirier is present along with defence lawyer Roy Karlstedt.

BEGIN is pleading guilty to 2 counts of drug trafficking. All other charges except one assault and one breach are withdrawn by the Crown. The remaining charges will be heard at a later date in Longlac.

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Admitted facts before the court are that in June of 2017, OPP were conducting drug surveillance in Greenstone. On June 28,2017, an undercover operator for OPP went to Begin’s home and purchased 20 methamphetamine tablets for 200$.
The same operator went back on July 19,2018 and purchased 4 OXYs for 100$ from BEGIN.

THE BIG DAY OF ARRESTS

On July 27, 2017, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) with the assistance of the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau (POIB), members of the Community Street Crime Unit and members of the Greenstone Detachment have charged 10 individuals with 54 drug related offences.

The investigation concluded with the execution of four search warrants and the arrest of 10 individuals.

Seized during the investigation were methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis and Ritalin. The street value of the drugs seized is approximately $16,000. Also seized was $1505 in Canadian currency and three firearms.

CHARGED ARE:

William REHEL, age 37, of Longlac

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  • Trafficking Methamphetamine – 2 Counts
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Methamphetamine – 1 Count
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Cannabis – 1 Count
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000 – 3 Counts
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm – 1 Count
  • Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime – 1 Count
  • Trafficking in Firearms – 1 Count
  • Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order – 1 Count

Annette WESLEY, age 35, of Longlac

  • Trafficking Methamphetamine – 1 Count
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000 – 2 Counts
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Methamphetamine – 1 Count
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Cannabis – 1 Count

Natasha SHAGANASH, age 32, of Longlac

  • Trafficking Methamphetamine – 5 Counts
  • Trafficking Oxycodone – 1 Count
    Possession of Methamphetamine – 1 Count
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000 – 3 Counts

Harry BUNTING, age 44, of Longlac

  • Trafficking Methamphetamine – 3 Counts
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance to wit Methamphetamine – 1 Count

Maurice BEGIN, age 57, of Longlac

  • Trafficking Methamphetamine – 3 Counts
  • Trafficking Methylphenidate (Ritalin) – 1 Count
  • Trafficking Oxycodone – 1 Count
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000 – 2 Counts
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking – 2 Counts

Rhonda REUBEN, age 46, of Longlac

  • Trafficking Methamphetamine – 1 Count
  • Trafficking Oxycodone – 1 Count
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000 – 2 Counts

Derrick AMIKONS, age 44, of Longlac

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  • Trafficking Morphine – 1 Count
  • Trafficking Oxycodone – 1 Count

Lester GAGNON, age 37, of Longlac

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance to wit Methamphetamine 1 Count
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance to wit Ritalin – 1 Count

Michael RIOPEL, age 34, of Kapuskasing

  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance – 2 Counts
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Methamphetamine – 1 Count
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Cocaine – 1 Count
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Cannabis – 1 Count
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order – 1 Count

Rebekka MORENCY, age 28, of Kapuskasing

  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order – 1 Count

JOINT SUBMISSION FOR SENTENCING.

58 year old MAURICE BEGIN is married to co-accused RHONDA REUBEN. They have 4 children together, 10,11,14 & 15 years old. Two of the children have ADHD and BEGIN derives an income from ODSP. Going to jail is going to be hard on his family.

Crown and defence submit that a 90 day sentence minus time served is enough. BEGIN has served a total of 8 days in custody. That’s enhanced to 12 days. He has 78 day sentence left. With statutory release he will be out in about 48 days.

BEGIN is also sentenced to an 18 month probation period along with a DNA order.
He’s given 18 months to pay a 200$ victim surcharge fine. The sentence is concurrent for both convictions.

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JUSTICE VALENTE feels this sentence is in the very low range for this type of offence. But he agrees to accept it.

His Honour states on the record that our communities in Northern Ontario are plagued by methamphetamine and Oxycodone.

BEGIN is given an opportunity to address the court. He has nothing to say.

BEGIN is handcuffed by Thunder Bay Police Special Constables and led out of the courtroom to begin serving his sentence.

His wife RHONDA REUBEN has a court date of May 15,2018 in Longlac.

NO OTHER LOCAL MEDIA IS PRESENT.

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Maurice and Rhonda pictured below:

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