TUESDAY MARCH 20,2018 a handcuffed 24-year-old TAYLOR LECLERC appeared in Superior Court before His Honour Justice John Fregeau to plead guilty to Obstruction of Police and Trafficking Crack Cocaine. The conspiracy charge is withdrawn by the Crown.
Leclerc stands about 5’7” tall, has an athletic build, tattoos on right forearm and blue jeans hanging halfway down his ass with white underwear exposed. He has dark hair and pointy facial features (nose, chin). He’s represented by local lawyer Heather Salter.
Admitted facts before the court are that in early 2014, Thunder Bay Police heard from a confidential informant about a drug trafficking ring (the 856 gang) from Alberta and BC that set up in Thunder Bay. The gang members had nicknames.
Jamie Mortimer- “LOKI”
Taylor Leclerc -“NENO”
Mortimer was the leader, with Essiambre as 2nd in command. Leclerc acted as relief for both when they weren’t present.
Thunder Bay Police began their investigation and discovered a residence at 211 Cumming Street was being used to sell the crack. The crack house was open for business 24/7. The sales were done in an upstairs bedroom.
The resident of the home was a crack addict who worked as go-between for customers and the gang. He would be paid in crack to feed his habit.
On September 17, 2014, Thunder Bay Police executed a search warrant on 211 Cumming Street and 1915 Rosslyn Road.
During the search of the Rosslyn Road home, police seized the following:
* $31,815.00 cash
* 258 grams of crack cocaine. Street value $77,400.00
* 923 Ecstasy tablets. Street value $9230.00
* .38 calibre semi-automatic handgun
* Sawed off 12 gauge shotgun
* Two shotguns
* Three rifles
* Brass knuckles
* Two bulletproof vests
When Taylor Leclerc was arrested, he provided TBPS officers with a false name – Jason Allan Pellet. Considerable effort was made by officers to identify Leclerc. His identification was eventually found in the bedroom at Rosslyn Road.
Leclerc was also identified in a police lineup by the confidential informant.
Leclerc also required medical attention after his arrest because he had recently been shot by a gun in the foot. He was released on bail by a Justice of the Peace. He was supposed to be in court on October 24, 2017 and he failed to appear. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
On December 7, 2017 Leclerc was arrested by RCMP in Langley, British Columbia. TBPS officers flew to Langley to bring him back to Thunder Bay.
The joint submission for sentencing is 8 months in jail less time served and 12 months probation. Gladue factors are that Leclerc is a Metis raised by single mother whose father abandoned him as an infant. He seen his father twice in his life. He moved from Ottawa to Surrey as a teen and found himself easily influenced by gangs. He is 4 credits shy of a high school diploma and claims to have a job with Sierra Waste Management when he’s released. He has an infant daughter not even 1-year-old. Court hears that Leclerc has been shot and stabbed previously and suffers from PTSD. It’s also stated that he had ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome even though he’s been sitting quietly paying close attention to the proceeding.
His Honour Justice Fregeau accepts the joint recommendation. The 104 real days that Leclerc has spent in jail gets enhanced to 156 days. He has 2 months and 24 days left to serve. He receives a 12-month probation with the conditions not to communicate with 14 individuals and to stay out of Thunder Bay. A DNA order and 10-year weapon prohibition is also out in place. He’s given 6 months to pay a 400$ victim surcharge fine. Leclerc is led out of the courtroom by Thunder Bay Police.
THURSDAY MARCH 29,2018
A handcuffed 24-year-old TAYLOR LECLERC appeared in Courtroom 102 before His Honour Justice Marc Bode to plead guilty to Fail To Attend Court. Crown Attorney is Emily Delaney and defence lawyer Heather Salter is present. Leclerc is wearing the same clothes he had last week.
Leclerc was supposed to be in court on October 24, 2017 and he failed to appear after he was released on bail. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
On December 7, 2017 Leclerc was arrested by RCMP in Langley, British Columbia. TBPS officers flew to Langley to bring him back to Thunder Bay. Joint submission is for an additional 30 days of custody.
The court hears the same Gladue factors as last week.
Judge Bode accepts the joint submission of an extra 30 days in jail plus 100$ victim surcharge fine.
Leclerc is again led out of the courtroom by Thunder Bay Police.
THE REALITY IS THAT LECLERC WILL MOST LIKELY BE RELEASED IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS ON STATUTORY RELEASE.
Writer’s note- unable to find a picture of Leclerc.
THERE IS NO OTHER LOCAL MEDIA PRESENT TO REPORT THIS. THEY ARE EITHER LAZY, INCOMPETENT OR DO NOT CARE.
QUITE POSSIBLY IT IS ALL OF THE ABOVE.
BUT ALL LOCAL MEDIA BROADCAST THE ARREST AND INITIAL CHARGES FROM THE POLICE MEDIA RELEASE.
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