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OPP undercover investigation nets14 arrests in Hearst

Thursday, November 22, 2007   by: Kate AdamsOPP News Release

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Hearst -The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Drug Enforcement Section has charged 14 individuals with drug offences following early morning arrests conducted in the town of Hearst on Wednesday November 21, 2007.

The charges stem from an eight-month undercover investigation conducted by the OPP Drug Enforcement Section assisted by members of the Hearst OPP Detachment.

The investigation focused on infiltrating cocaine traffickers operating in the Hearst area. An undercover officer was successful in infiltrating local traffickers and making numerous drug purchases. The investigation concluded with the execution of five search warrants.

Fourteen individuals have been charged with 80 drug related offences. Drugs purchased and seized during the investigation were 700 grams of cocaine, 275 grams of hashish, 125 grams of marihuana, 28 grams of Psilocybin, 25 grams of Ecstasy and 15 Oxycontin pills. The street value of the drugs seized is $ 80,000.

In addition, two vehicles, $22,000 in cash, a money counting machine, a cocaine press and five rifles were also seized. Charges are pending against two more individuals.

CHARGED ARE:

Steven LALONDE, age 34, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – 2 Counts
Conspiracy to Traffick in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of a Controlled Substance – 3 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

Melanie GAMACHE, age 22, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – 2 Counts
Conspiracy to Traffick in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of a Controlled Substance – 3 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

Jean Noel RODRIQUE, age 27, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 9 Counts
Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking – 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 8 Counts
Conspiracy to Traffick in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count

Norman ROY, age 40, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 6 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 7 Counts
Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking – 2 Counts
Unsafe Storage of a Firearm – 1 Count

Christopher CHARLEBOIS, age 31, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance- 3 Counts
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 3 Counts
Possession of a Controlled Substance – 1 Count

Janet DILLON, age 50, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance- 1 Count

Tammy PULLEN, age 37, of Sudbury
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count

Sebastian LEVASSEUR, age 23, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 2 Counts
Possession Of Property Obtained by Crime – 2 Counts

Minnie MATTINAS, age 64, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 3 Counts
Possession Of Property Obtained by Crime – 3 Counts

Delbert TAYLOR, age 32, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession Of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

Margrette ACHNEEPINESKUM, age 26, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance - 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

Dennis LEVASSEUR, age 40, of Hearst
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

Carmen PADILLA, age 38, of Timmins
Possession of a Controlled Substance – 1 Count

A young person, age 17
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance – 1 Count
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – 1 Count

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