(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Last night the Thunder Bay Police Service along with at least the Ontario Provincial Police came swarming down on a home on Athens Drive as well as one at 288 Windsor. The result of the executed search warrant netted fentanyl, cocaine, a stolen vehicle and multiple loaded handguns. Once again, great work done by all police forces in this joint effort.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and Anishinabek Police Service were preparing to execute a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Athens Drive at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
While officers were en route a silver crossover SUV was observed leaving the residence. The vehicle, which had been reported stolen, was stopped by police.
Through the course of the investigation a passenger in the vehicle was arrested and charged for possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Officers executed the search warrant after 10 p.m. As a result of the search, police located a quantity of cocaine with an estimated street value of about $4,350, fentanyl with an estimated street value of $22,000 and a significant amount of cash. Police also located and seized two loaded handguns.
The following people appeared in bail court this morning to answer to a long list of charges:
- 24-year-old Osagie Isaac, of Toronto with ties to Saskatchewan.
- 22-year-old Ahmed Abukar of Toronto with ties to Saskatchewan.
- 24-year-old Adams Suleman Ankamah, of Toronto with ties to Saskatchewan.
- 24-year-old Charis Bougie, of Thunder Bay (pictured left)
- 48-year-old Charlotte Bougie, of Thunder Bay (pictured right)
Four others were detained, but will not be named at this time.
The group are facing drug trafficking charges regarding the fentanyl and cocaine, as well as numerous firearms charges surrounding the loaded handguns. There was also a stolen motor vehicle identified at the scene which charges have also been laid regarding.
- Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking fentanyl and cocaine
- Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000
- Careless Storage of a Firearm X2
- Possession of Restricted/Prohibited Firearm with ammunition X2
- Unauthorized Possession of Firearm X2
- Possession of Firearm Knowing Unauthorized X2
- Possession of a Prohibited Device
Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding over the first court appearance, along with Federal Crown Attorney Alec Hardiejowski, Provincial Crown Attorney Katrina Van Kessel, and a duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge.
Both Crowns unanimously refused to consent to the release of the 4 individuals. They have been remanded into custody and will remain in jail for the time being. Charis appeared to be still twisted up intoxicated on drugs from the night before.
Canada’s criminal justice system is slowly getting tougher and tougher on people that have been charged with fentanyl trafficking. A highly reliable and credible source within the justice system has told us that in the near future, no one with fentanyl trafficking allegations lodged against them will be released unless they are found innocent. Sentences will also continue to get longer and longer for those found guilty.
As usual, the director of communications over at hotel Balmoral must have requested a late check-out, as there has not been a release to the public informing them of these charges as of the time of this writing.
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