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(MARATHON, ON) โ€“ย LOOKING FOR METH IN MARATHON?

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THE FIRST ONE IS FREE!

Appearing in Courtroom 102 today, Thursday February 14,2019 is 23 year old LOGAN RICHARD from Marathon, Ontario.

RICHARD is tall and slim wearing a nice dark suit. He has several family members in court to support him.

Justice Dino DiGiuseppe is presiding behind the bench. Federal Crown Arturo Acosta is here to prosecute and defence lawyer Gil Labine is representing RICHARD.

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Itโ€™s a sentencing submission hearing for RICHARD who is convicted of trafficking methamphetamine.

ADMITTED FACTS

Shortly after midnight on November 22, 2017 at the Station Four On The North Shore bar/restaurant in Marathon, Ontario, LOGAN RICHARD was outside smoking marijuana in a one hitter pipe. An undercover OPP officer was present. RICHARD offered the undercover officer a hit of marijuana to smoke. The officer declined. At 12:25am, RICHARD offered the officer a tablet of methamphetamine and told him the first one was free. The tablet had a logo of the Montreal Canadiens on it. He gave the officer his contact info, in case he wanted more.

On November 29,2017 the undercover officer contacted RICHARD stating heโ€™d like to purchase 20 tablets of methamphetamine.

RICHARD showed up shortly thereafter in a gray SUV with the 20 tablets for 100$. The round tablets had a variety of logos on them.

On February 1, 2018, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) with the assistance of the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau (POIB), the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), K-9, members of the Marathon OPP Detachment, Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS), and Anishinabek Police Service (APS) had charged 9 individuals with 57 drug related offences.

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Officers executed Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants on 6 homes in the Marathon and Pic River First Nation area. 8 males and 1 female had been arrested at that time and face various charges.

Seized during the investigation were methamphetamine, cocaine powder, crack cocaine, Percocet/Oxycodone, Psilocybin, and cannabis marihuana. The street value of the drugs seized is approximately $45,000.00 total. Also seized was $1865.00 in Canadian currency.

CHARGED ARE:

Malcolm BUBAR, age 31, of Marathon

  • One count of trafficking methamphetamine S. 5(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Methamphetamine S. 5(2) CDS
  • One count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine S. 5(2) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Oxycodone S. 4(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Marihuana S. 4(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Cocaine (crack) S. 4(1) CDSA
  • Two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime S. 354(1)(a) CC
  • Two counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime S. 354(1)(a) CC

Chad Mulvihill, age 38, of Marathon

  • Two counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine S. 5(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Methamphetamine S. 5(2) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Oxycodone S. 4(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Psilocybin S. 4(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Marihuana S. 4(1) CDSA
  • Two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime S. 354(1)(a) CC

Michael Pawlowski, age 52, of Marathon

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  • Six counts of Trafficking Cocaine S. 5(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine S. 5(2) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Cocaine (crack) S. 4(1) CDSA
  • Seven counts of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime S. 354(1)(a) CC

Karen Vosdingh, age 31, of Marathon

  • Two counts of Trafficking Cocaine S. 5(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Oxycodone S. 4(1) CDSA

Shawn Vosdingh, age 41, of Marathon

  • Two counts of Trafficking Cocaine S. 5(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Oxycodone S. 4(1) CDSA
  • Two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime S. 354(1)(a) CC

Bradley Starr, age 51, of Pic River First Nation

  • One count of Possession of Methamphetamine S. 4(1) CDSA

Michael Starr, age 26, of Pic River First Nation

  • Two counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine S. 5(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Methamphetamine S. 4(1) CDSA
  • Two counts of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime S. 354(1)(a) CC

Norman Starr, age 30, of Pic River First Nation

  • Four counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine S. 5(1) CDSA
  • One count of Possession of Methamphetamine S. 4(1) CDSA
  • Four counts of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime S. 354(1)(a) CC

Troy Lynch, age 25, of Pic River First Nationsย One count of Possession of Methamphetamine S. 4(1) CDSA

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On the 13 February, 2018, a 9th male had been arrested and charged from a result of the investigation which focused on individuals trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine in and around the community of Marathon and Pic River First Nation.

LOGAN RICHARD, a male from Marathon, ON was arrested and charged with:

  • Three counts of trafficking methamphetamine S. 5(1) CDSA
  • One count of possession of property obtained by crime S. 354(1)(a) CC

He was released on a Promise to Appear.

LOGAN RICHARD IS CONVICTED ON ONE COUNT OF TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE ON THE EVENING OF NOVEMBER 29,2017. All other charges withdrawn by the Crown.

SENTENCING SUBMISSIONS

Defence counsel Labine presents a small book of character references about RICHARD from a variety of people in his life, mostly family and friends. He tells the court his client suffered with ADHD through high school and was diagnosed late in life with it. He was also bullied as a child and had difficulty making friends in Marathon.

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Labine suggests that RICHARDโ€™s motivating factor for trafficking in methamphetamine was for โ€œpeer acceptanceโ€. Labine also suggests to the court that methamphetamine is not as bad as a drug as cocaine. Justice DiGiuseppe disagrees with Labine on that point.

Defence further suggests that everyone in Marathon is aware of this now and his client is embarrassed by it. His client works at a gold mine in Hope Bay, Nunavut on a 3 weeks in, 3 weeks out rotation and resides in Marathon on days out. His family loves and supports him and would like to put this behind them. Labine wants his client to get community service and do public speaking to young people.

Labine suggests to Justice DiGiuseppe that a suspended sentence would be appropriate.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is a national, independent and accountable prosecuting authority whose main objective is to prosecute federal offences and provides legal advice and assistance to law enforcement.

Federal Crown Arturo Acosta recently joined the PPSC and is getting more comfortable in his role prosecuting drug dealers every passing day. Acosta submits that a suspended sentence is NOT suitable at all for trafficking methamphetamine.

The lowest heโ€™s willing to go for this drug dealer is 90 days in jail and will allow him to serve it intermittently during RICHARDโ€™s time away from work.

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Crown Acosta presents case law to His Honour to debunk Labineโ€™s claim that methamphetamine is less harmful than cocaine which His Honour accepts.

An aggravating factor is that RICHARD was offering a free sample to an undercover police officer.

Acosta further submits that the multitude of character reference letters are not objective at all.

Methamphetamine trafficking needs to be deterred with jail time.

Justice DiGiuseppe will have the presentence report to review, along with case law and lawyerโ€™s submissions.

His Honour wonders what is the true character of LOGAN RICHARD.

โ€œIs he a drug dealer, simply remorseful because he got caught?โ€ His Honour asks.

LOGAN RICHARD is given an opportunity to address the court. He stands to tell His Honour โ€œI have an obligation to apologize. I am truly remorseful. I have plans for my life, all positive. Iโ€™m planning on enrolling in University and taking Mechanical Engineering. My true character should not be defined by a lapse in judgement over a year agoโ€.

LOGAN RICHARD will be sentenced on April 1,2019 in Courtroom 301.

As usual, no local taxpayer subsidized media is present.

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4 Replies to “Marathon Meth Man Found Guilty”

  1. I got bullied in school too, havenโ€™t sold drugs ever. Jails are full of people that screwed up once. You knew it was illegal, you chose to do it, you got caught. Man up

    1. I agree 100%…there are lots of kids that get bullied unfortunately everyday. That’s doesn’t give you the right Logan to trafficking drugs on the street or possibly to some of those kids that are being bullied. My question is why didn’t you seek the assistance of the people in Marathon and al the mental health care and assistance that I’m sure you would have gotten to help out other kids that are being bullied instead of trafficking drugs for them which will still not resolve their issue or yours. 90 days that’s like a slap on the hands and able to do on days off is a joke. You had all your plans for what you want to do in the future…wow you should have thought of that before you decided to trafficking which is an illegal crime. Yes man up and keep people like this off the streets.

  2. I have known lLogan’s parents and grandparents all my life. They were always respectable role models for the young man. He screwed up and needs to take responsibility for his bad choices. I feel sad for his parents and grandparents for the shame and disappointment they must feel.
    Come on young people! Show your family how Good you can be and make them proud!

  3. Oh give me a break. Well he might just keep on going with this and take other people down with him.
    Karma is a bitch
    No doubt they all will get theirs

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