(THUNDER BAY, ON) – We reported last night that there was a drug bust in progress at a West Frederica Street address. The Ontario Provincial Police Service, Thunder Bay Police Service, and Nishnawbe Aski Police Service teamed up for this one.
The bust happened just a day after Ryan Deluney was busted in the area, with his truck parked nearly behind Barrie’s residence but was also being investigated on Fort William First Nation as well.
28-year-old Sean Lawrence Barrie appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning by video from the Thunder Bay Police Service Station.
Her Worship, Zelda Kitchekeesic was presiding along with Federal Crown Attorney Ron Poirier, Provincial Crown Attorney P. Paslowski, and defence lawyer David Bruzzese.
Barrie is charged with the following:
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking x8
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm x2
- Careless use of a firearm
- Possessing a firearm while knowing it is unauthorized
- Possessing a firearm with ammunition
- Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000
Both Federal and Provincial Crown Attorney’s oppose Barrie’s release on all three grounds and would be seeking a special bail hearing that would be over 2 hours long in order to show cause as to why Barrie should be detained in custody.
Barrie was found with a loaded handgun and a large amount of fentanyl (about 200 grams) and cocaine.
Defence lawyer Bruzzese asks for the matter to return to court on Monday November 19th so that they can set a date for the special bail hearing.
Barrie is escorted back to his cell where he will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail.
Sources indicate that Barrie is well connected to multiple gangs.
Two others were busted in the same building during the same raid.
40-year-old Summer Boucher and 50-year-old Michael Fredric Woods were both charged with:
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking x4
- Possession of proceeds of crime under $5000
- Prohibited weapon x2 (switchblade and brass knuckles)
Both accused were remanded into custody for a Monday court date. The Crown indicated that both situations were a reverse onus, and that the Crown intends to put them to their onus.
Drugs involved in this bust were fentanyl, cocaine, morphine and oxycodone.
Woods is related to a notorious convicted animal abuser in Thunder Bay with the same last name. RIP Nitro, gone but not forgotten.
Please send us photos of Boucher and Woods to email@example.com
We will update this article later as amounts of drugs and types of drugs other than fentanyl is made available.
A wrong photo was posted initially and was quickly remedied. We apologize for this.
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