Massive Marathon Fentanyl Bust

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(MARATHON, ON) – On Thursday May 16, 2019 approximately 02:30pm an officer of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Manitouwadge Detachment conducted a traffic stop on a motor vehicle for speeding on Highway 17 near Marathon, ON.

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While conducting the traffic stop the officer detected the odor of raw marihuana emanating from within the motor vehicle. The officer investigated further and while conducting a search discovered a large quantity of suspected fentanyl (approximately 255 grams) as well as a quantity of cocaine (approx. 115 grams).

As a result, Shaquiel Shaw a 26 year old male from Toronto, ON was charged with:

  • Obstructing a peace officer contrary to section 129(a) of the Criminal Code.
  • Possession of a schedule I substance – cocaine – for the purpose of trafficking contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Also Michael Anthony Willis, a 44 year old male from Scarborough, ON was subsequently charged with:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance – cocaine – for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Possession of a schedule I substance – fentanyl – for the purpose of trafficking contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
  • Personation with intent to avoid arrest, prosecution or obstruct justice contrary to section 403(1)(d) of the Criminal Code.
  • Obstruct peace officer contrary to section 129(a) of the Criminal Code.

Both males were held for a video bail hearing in Marathon on Friday May 17, 2019. They were later transferred to the Thunder Bay District Jail to await further bail hearings regarding the charges.

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Source: OPP

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