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Slew of charges after drug bust in Burk's Falls

A search led to the seizure of prohibited firearms and ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamine, opioids, $ 6,355 - in cash and 23 cannabis plants
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A late-night drug bust in Burk's Falls Wednesday, June 23, has resulted in almost 40 charges being laid against two people.

OPP Street Crime Unit officers executed a search warrant at a home on the Main Street of Burk's Falls.  

A search led to the seizure of prohibited firearms and ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamine, opioids, $ 6,355 - in cash, and 23 cannabis plants. The value of drugs seized is believed to be over $ 37,000.  

James Downs, 47, from Burks Falls is charged with:

  • Fail to comply with a probation order
  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of trafficking - cocaine
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of trafficking - methamphetamine
  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of trafficking - opioid,
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance - methamphetamine
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm, contrary to section 91(1) of the CC,
  • Careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
  • Possession of a firearm knowing serial number has been tampered with
  • Possession of ammunition contrary to prohibition order
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition
  • Possession of unmarked cigarettes
  • Cultivate, propagate or harvest more than four cannabis plants
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Paige Foreman, 26, from Bracebridge, is charged with:

  • Traffic in Schedule I Substance - methamphetamines (Crystal Meth)
  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of trafficking-opioid 
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of trafficking - cocaine
  • Two counts of possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Possession of a firearm knowing serial number has been tampered with
  • Careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
  • Possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose for the purpose of trafficking - methamphetamine
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
  • Possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000

The accused were scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court on June 24, in Parry Sound.


Jeff Turl

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