15 people are facing a total of 78 charges following an investigation into illegal drug trafficking in Northeastern Ontario dubbed “Project Stinton.”

As part of 16 different search warrants, police agencies nabbed the following:

  • 182 grams of cocaine
  • 66 grams of crack cocaine
  • 7,000 methamphetamine tablets
  • 700 grams of cannabis marihuana
  • 30 grams of “shatter” — a concentrated Cannabis Marihuana derivative
  • $25,475.00 Canadian currency
  • Ten non-restricted firearms
  • Two Conducted Energy Weapons (i.e. Tasers – Prohibited weapons) – and five additional prohibited weapons
  • Two vehicles as offence-related property
  • Evidence linking members to the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club, and other offense-related property.

In addition, a search warrant was executed at an after-hours bar in Sudbury operated by members of the Hell’s Angels and evidence was seized in relation to illegal alcohol sales.

OPP say in a release the project was conducted over a six-month period by the OCEB Sudbury Unit—along with help from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Greater Sudbury Police Service and York Regional Police.

Search warrants were executed Thursday by members of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU Team), canine units, Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit and Biker Enforcement Unit, tactical teams from York Regional Police Service, Greater Sudbury Police Service, RCMP and Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.

The OPP release adds West Nipissing Police Service and Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service also assisted with the investigation.

Several individuals face charges including “conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances, trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, and weapons-related offenses.”

  1. Chad McDonald (32) – Sudbury
  2. Ronald Laforest (46) – Sudbury
  3. Race Baker (29) – Sudbury
  4. Stephen Fazekas (55) – Sudbury
  5. Joseph Newton (57) – Elliot Lake
  6. Crystal Grant (25) – Elliot Lake
  7. Christiane Denis (32) – Elliot Lake
  8. Eric Cardinal (29) – Elliot Lake
  9. Michael Dubois (28) – Elliot Lake
  10. Amanda Young (24) – Elliot Lake
  11. Anthony McBurney (28) – Elliot Lake
  12. Justin Glynn (27) – Sturgeon Falls – Remains in Custody
  13. Kyle Donoghue (25) – Sudbury
  14. Roch Mercier (31) – Sturgeon Falls
  15. Melanie Poisson (23) – Sturgeon Falls

Court dates are staggered over the next six weeks in Sudbury, Sturgeon Falls, Elliot Lake and North Bay.

The investigation continues.

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