Toronto Man Found Guilty Regarding Pearl St Crack Bust

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) โ€“ A 24-year-old Daniel Ezekiel Gyan of Toronto, Ontario, a suspected gang member, was arrested twice at a notorious Pearl Street address this year appeared in court today to plead guilty to 3 charges. His Honour, Justice Dino DiGiuseppe was presiding along with Federal Crown Attorney Misbah Haque. Criminal defence lawyer Elisa Coates was retained by Gyan and was there making submissions on his behalf.

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Below is the police media release regarding the March 11th raid on Pearl Street.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Pearl Street just before 3 p.m. Monday to investigate reports of suspicious activity in an apartment unit believed to be vacant.

When officers arrived they located a male and female inside the unit. The investigation revealed the apartment unit was vacant and the two individuals inside were not lawfully in the dwelling.

While officers were inside the apartment they observed paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking and apparent drugs.

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Officers also located more than $2,000 on the male.

Daniel Ezekiel GYAN, 23, of Toronto is charged with:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
  • Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling.

Barbara Rose OKEESE, 47, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Obstruct Peace Officer.
  • Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling.
  • Failing to Comply With Bail Condition Recognizance.

Both accused appeared in court Tuesday morning and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

Below is the report from the June 11th Pearl Street bust.

Thunder Bay Police Service, NAPS, APS and the OPP continue to keep knocking down the southern Ontario gangs in Thunder Bay.

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Investigators with the Project Disruption joint task force arrested 10 and seized cash and drugs following the search of several apartment units in a building in the 200 block of Pearl Street just before 6 pm. Wednesday, June 12.

Through the course of an investigation, police learned the units were being used by suspected Toronto-area gang members for drug trafficking and being aided by local residents.

Officers obtained and executed search warrants on three units and as a result seized a quantity of crack cocaine, Morphine and Oxycodone pills, nearly $40,000 CAD, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of about $7,000 CAD

Anthony Wayne MCCULLOUGH, 32, of Thunder Bay is charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

A 16-year-old Toronto male is charged with:

  • Possession of a Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.
  • Fail to Comply with Sentence.

Paul Winnifred VIVIER, 28, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

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  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, andossession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.

Jahmal Oliver KERR, 27, of Toronto, is charged with:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
  • Probation Order Non-Compliance.

Shahin RASHID, 26, of Toronto is charged with:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2.
    Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.

Richard Melvin SMITH, 63, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.

Mekhi Kyle CUFFIE, 21, of Toronto, is charged with:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
  • Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance.

Daniel Ezekiel GYAN, 24, of Toronto, is charged with:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
  • Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance.

Simeon Sylvester KENO, 32, of Thunder Bay, has been charged with:

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  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000/
  • Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance.

Denise YELLOWHEAD, 31, of Thunder Bay is charged with:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.

All accused appeared in court Thursday and were remanded into custody with a future appearance date.

Project Disruption is an ongoing specialized joint force operation that includes resources and members from the Thunder Bay Police Serviceโ€™s intelligence unit, OPP, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service and Anishinabek Police Service.ย 

Court starts with Gyan pleading guilty to a few charges. He pleads โ€œnot guiltyโ€ to the charge of โ€œpossession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine)โ€ and instead, he pleads guilty to just simple possession of cocaine.

He also pleads guilty to:

  • Breaching his bail condition (not be in the city of Thunder Bay).
  • Possession of property obtained by crime (cash).

AGREED STATEMENT OF FACTS

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The Crown begins to read in the agreed statement of facts to the court, beginning with the first incident that happened on March 11th, 2019. He tells the court that the incident unfolded at 277 Pearl Street, unit 6. The unit is managed by the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB). At the time the unit was supposed to be vacated.

DSSAB required some assistance and arrived on location with the police and arrests were made. Officers made the arrest of two people in the unit and charged them with โ€œunlawfully in a dwellingโ€. Officers located the following items in the unit:

  • $2044.88 Canadian cash. $454 of which was found on Gyanโ€™s person.
  • Small digital scale with white powder residue on top of it.
  • Couple crack pipes.
  • Baby monitor camera system setup at the door.
  • 15.5 grams of cocaine.

The Crown begins to speak to the incident on June 12th, 2019. He explains how officers obtained Controlled Drugs and Substances Act warrants of several units at 277 Pearl Street, including unit 5. Officers had a key for the unit and attempted to enter the unit, they were unable to gain access. Officers smashed out a window near the door and attempted to reach in and unlock the door but were unable to. Officers entered the unit through the window.

Upon entry to the unit, officers observed a male exiting the bathroom area and ordered him to lay on the ground. That male was later identified as 21-year-old Mehki Kyle Cuffie, of Toronto, Ontario. There was a blanket which was hanging from the roof, acting as a wall. This blanket was obstructing the view of the far side of the unit. That is where Daniel Ezekiel Gyan was located, calmly and peacefully eating ribs while sitting. He was ordered to leave the chair and lay down on his stomach.

Officers found the following in the unit:

  • 0.25 grams of crack cocaine.
  • $3620 Canadian Currency.
  • A Bank of Montreal Deposit Slip for $1600.

SUBMISSIONS

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Remaining charges against Gyan are withdrawn. Court hears that Gyan has a very limited criminal record, which has a possession of a controlled substance charge that indicates a schedule 1 substance, but his defence lawyer, Heather Coates states that Gyan says it shouldnโ€™t be schedule 1 as it was for marijauna.

The joint submission put fourth by the Crown and defence is that Gyan serve 4 months in jail followed by 12 months probation. He has been in jail for 80 days as of today, which is enhanced to 120 days (4 months) due to the deplorable conditions at the Thunder Bay District Jail. His probation conditions are as follows:

  • Not to possess any drugs banned under the CDSA unless medically prescribed.
  • Not to possess any weapons.
  • Report as required to probation.
  • Submit his DNA to the national database.

Defence states that Gyan is a high school graduate that works jobs here and there. He ended up getting mixed up with some negative social influences. He has a friend in court today to support him. She is going to be bringing him back to Toronto. He has plans to change what his social influences are. He had a court date around the time that he was caught in breach of being in Thunder Bay, but admits that he did stay longer than he should have.

JUDGEโ€™S DECISION

His Honour, Justice DiGiuseppe asks Gyan if he has anything to say, he declines. His Honour continues on by telling him that he realizes he is a young man but he points out that he cannot ignore how serious these charges are.

The joint submission is granted and Gyan walks out of court a free man today, albeit, on probation. He has now been sentenced.

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One Reply to “Toronto Man Found Guilty Regarding Pearl St Crack Bust”

  1. Thunder Bay – Famous for all things wrong.

    A den for drug dealers, drug/alcohol abuse, violence, murder, theft, panhandling and shameless public conduct. What a hole this town has become…..

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