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OPP make arrests and seize contraband in Project Cinderford

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Ontario Provincial Police

OPP make arrests and seize contraband in Project Cinderford
Project Cinderford - a joint forces investigation launched in December 2009 - focused on the elimination, disruption and identification of individuals and organized crime groups involved in the trafficking, importing and exporting of controlled substances, weapons and contraband in the Cornwall area.
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Cornwall - Jul. 14, 2011 - On July 12 and 13, 2011, numerous search warrants were executed and arrests were made at various locations in Cornwall and the surrounding area.

Project Cinderford - a joint forces investigation launched in December 2009 - focused on the elimination, disruption and identification of individuals and organized crime groups involved in the trafficking, importing and exporting of controlled substances, weapons and contraband in the Cornwall area.

Project Cinderford was led by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) in partnership with:

1) Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
2) Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS)
3) Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (AMPS) and
4) Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

As a result of this 18-month investigation into organized crime groups within eastern Ontario and western Quebec, officers have seized:

  • 2,475 grams of cocaine

  • 21,565 grams of marihuana

  • 1,880 oxycodone tablets

  • 176 cases of contraband cigarettes

  • Semi-automatic pistol with ammunition

  • Automatic pistol with ammunition

    The drugs and contraband have an estimated street value of more than $700,000.

    In June 2011, investigators shared information with their counterparts in the United States. Oswego (NY) Police made six (6) arrests and seized four (4) vehicles and over $100,000 in cash.

    On July 6, 2011, Project Cinderford officers stopped a vehicle in Montreal. As a result, officers seized $37,000 is cash.

    The 20 search warrants were executed in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Akwesasne, Ottawa, Gatineau and Montreal, as follows:

    1) Highway 138, St. Andrews, West
    2) 147th Avenue, Curry Hill
    3) County Road 42, Long Sault
    4) 4th Street, Cornwall
    5) County Road 4, L’Orignal
    6) Kent Street, Ottawa
    7) County Road 14, Osnabruck
    8) Pitt Street, Cornwall
    9) Dunbar Street, Cornwall
    10) Glen Brook Street, Cornwall
    11) Tenesateni Road, Akwesasne
    12) Paul Taxi Road, Akwesasne
    13) St. Laurent Boulevard, Montreal
    14) Leger Street, Cornwall
    15) Station Street, Cornwall
    16) Alice Street, Cornwall
    17) Burton Street, Cornwall
    18) County Road 2, Summerstown
    19) Gillespie Avenue, Cornwall
    20) 6th Street, Cornwall

    During the search warrants, officers seized:

  • 12 Firearms (including 2 AK-47’s and handguns)

  • 1000’s of rounds of ammunition

  • Marihuana (259kgs) " Street Value $2,586,550

  • Cocaine (1.75 kgs) " Street Value $175,000

  • Oxycodone (150 pills) " Street Value $6,000

  • Ecstasy (4,431 pills) " Street Value $132,930

  • Illegal tobacco (100 cases) " Street value $200,000

  • Vehicles (4)

  • Personal watercraft (2)

  • Motorcycle

  • Snow machine

  • Bullet proof vests (2)

  • Police duty belt

  • Handgun holsters (4)

  • Over $36,000 Cash

    Officers made 30 arrests with 8 warrants outstanding:
    1) Wyman LAWRENCE, 30 of Cornwall with a. Trafficking (cocaine) - 3 counts Arrest Warrant Outstanding

    2) Christine MERPAW, 26 of Cornwall with a. Conspiracy to traffic (Oxycodone) b. Trafficking (cocaine)

    3) Christopher ANDERSON, 26 of Cornwall with a. Trafficking (cocaine) - 2 counts b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 2 counts

    4) Devon GARLOUGH, 26 of Cornwall with a. Possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine) b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 2 counts c. Trafficking (cocaine)

    5) Patrick DESLAURIER, 35 of Ottawa with a. Trafficking (cocaine) b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 5 counts c. Trafficking (Oxycodone) - 4 counts

    6) Kirtis DEAN, 29 of Kanata with a. Trafficking (cocaine) b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 2 counts c. Trafficking (Oxycodone)

    7) Jarell GREEN, 21 of South Stormont with a. Trafficking (cocaine) - 3 counts b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 5 counts c. Trafficking (marijuana) - 2 counts d. Possession of firearm with ammunition e. Weapons trafficking f. Possession of a prohibited device g. Breach of undertaking - 6 counts

    8) Manon JOLY, 46 of L’Orignal with a. Trafficking (Oxycodone) - 4 counts b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 4 counts c. Conspiracy to traffic (Oxycodone)

    9) Daniel CAMERON, 22 of Cornwall with a. Excise Act - Trafficking in illegal tobacco b. Possession of firearm with ammunition c. Weapons trafficking d. Possession of a prohibited device e. Conspiracy to traffic - illegal firearms

    10) Theodoros KANDRIS, 23 of Brossard, Quebec with a. Trafficking (cocaine) - 4 counts b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 4 counts c. Trafficking (Oxycodone) - 2 counts d. Conspiracy to traffic (Oxycodone) - 3 counts e. Conspiracy to traffic (marihuana) Arrest Warrant Outstanding

    11) Rodney LALONDE,45 of South Glengarry with a. Trafficking (cocaine) - 5 counts b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 5 counts c. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 48 counts d. Conspiracy to traffic (marihuana) - 3 counts e. Conspiracy to traffic (Oxycodone) - 3 counts

    12) Danielle ARCHAMBAULT, 42 of South Glengarry with a. Trafficking (cocaine) - 3 counts b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 3 counts c. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 23 counts d. Conspiracy to traffic (marihuana) - 3 counts

    13) David FISHER, 29 of Ottawa with a. Trafficking (cocaine) - 2 counts b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 2 counts c. Possession of firearm with ammunition d. Weapons trafficking e. Possession of a prohibited device

    14) Francois CHARLEBOIS, 24 of Cantley, Quebec with a. Trafficking (Oxycodone) b. Possession of property obtained by crime

    15) Mark WOODS, 43 of North Glengarry with a. Trafficking (marihuana) - 2 counts b. Possession of property obtained by crime - 2 counts c. Breach of probation - 2 counts

    16) Darren COWAN, 37 of South Glengarry with a. Excise Act - trafficking in illegal tobacco - 3 counts b. Possession of proceeds of crime - 7 counts c. Trafficking (marijuana) - 5 counts d. Trafficking (Oxycodone)

    17) Christos FOURKIOTIS, 30 of South Stormont with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 2 counts b. Conspiracy to traffic (marihuana) - 2 counts c. Conspiracy to traffic (Oxycodone)

    18) Sean PAUL, 28 of South Stormont with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 2 counts

    19) Nick SARASTIOSIS, 41 of Montreal, Quebec with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 4 counts b. Conspiracy to traffic (marijuana) c. Possession of property obtained by crime Arrest Warrant Outstanding

    20) Shawn LAFAVE, 33 of South Glengarry with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 15 counts b. Conspiracy to traffic (Oxycodone) - 3 counts

    21) Shawn INGRAM, 36 of Cornwall with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 12 counts

    22) Bazil LAZORE, 32 of Cornwall Island, Akwesasne with a. Excise Act - trafficking in illegal tobacco b. Conspiracy to traffic (marihuana) - 2 counts c. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine)

    23) Darby OAKES, 40 of New York, USA with a. Excise Act - trafficking in illegal tobacco - 3 counts Arrest Warrant Outstanding

    24) Glen LAUZON, 56 of South Glengarry with a. Excise Act - trafficking in illegal tobacco - 2 counts b. Excise Act - possession of illegal tobacco c. Possession of proceeds of crime

    25) Chris PAUL, 26 of Cornwall with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 10 counts

    26) Hilton BISSONETTE, 36 of South Glengarry with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 5 counts b. Possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine) c. Resist Arrest

    27) Kyle LONGCHAMPS, 20 of Cornwall with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) b. Conspiracy to traffic (marijuana)

    28) Michael BRUNET, 32 of Cornwall with a. Possession for the purpose of trafficking (marihuana) - 2 counts b. Possession of proceeds of crime - 3 counts c. Trafficking (marijuana)

    29) Yvon MENARD, 42 of Cornwall with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) - 6 counts

    30) Jacques ARNAULT, 52 of Notre Dame Des Prairie, Quebec with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) b. Conspiracy to traffic (marijuana) Arrest Warrant Outstanding

    31) Shawn LALONDE, 20 of South Glengarry with a. Excise Act - possession of illegal tobacco Arrest Warrant Outstanding

    32) Lester BEAUCLAIRE, 47 of South Glengarry with a. Excise Act - trafficking in illegal tobacco - 2 counts

    33) Laurier LAVIGNE, 43 of Cornwall with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) Arrest Warrant Outstanding

    34) Corey CROSS, 31 of South Stormont with a. Conspiracy to traffic (cocaine) b. Conspiracy to traffic (marijuana) - 2 counts

    35) Panagiotis STATHOPOULOS, 28 0f Montreal, Quebec with a. Trafficking (cocaine) b. Possession of property obtained by crime

    36) Victoria MAJOR, 32 of Cornwall with a. Trafficking (cocaine) b. Possession of proceeds obtained by crime

    37) Christopher MASSIA, 27 of South Glengarry with a. Conspiracy to traffic (marihuana) Arrest Warrant Outstanding

    38) Ryan BUCKSHOT, 36 of Cornwall Island, Akwesasne with a. Conspiracy to traffic (marihuana)

    Additional charges are pending.

    "As we strive to provide solid, professional law enforcement in today’s environment, we owe it to the people we serve to work cooperatively,” said OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis. “Partnerships at all levels are vital as no one agency can do it alone. The results of Project Cinderford are a shining example that working together in an integrated and intelligence-led approach keeps our communities safe."

    "These arrests demonstrate Canada’s resolve to root out threats to our communities and prosecute criminals and organized crime members through a fair and open judicial process," stated Assistant Commissioner Stephen White, the Commanding Officer for the RCMP in Ontario. "The development of multi-disciplinary teams contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement efforts".

    “Our residents need to know that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe and their property secure,” said Chief Dan Parkinson, Cornwall Community Police Service. “I congratulate all our officers for a job well done. This is an important day for Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and the united front that our law enforcement partnership has demonstrated in executing this project.”

    “There is no question that working in partnership to combat trans-border criminal activity significantly contributes to keeping our communities safe,” said Denis R. Vinette, Northern Ontario Regional Director General for the Canada Border Services Agency.


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