On April 06th, 2022, information was received by Police regarding people trafficking controlled substances in the community of M’Chigeeng.

A Telewarrant to Search was obtained for the residence at Unit # 6 – 726A Highway 551, M’Chigeeng First Nation as a result of the information received.  OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and OPP Tactics & Rescue Unit (T.R.U.) and UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service Major Crime Unit, executed the Warrant and arrested five individuals without incident.

A search of the residence revealed:
Approximately $5,000 in Canadian currency
Approximately $15, 540 in illicit controlled substances – 28 g fentanyl powder (street value $14,000), 1 g crack cocaine (street value $200), 6 g cocaine (street value $1,200) and 2 g psylocibin {magic mushrooms} (street value $40).

As a result, four adult males and one male youth, have been charged with:
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Schedule I substance (fentanyl) – S.5(2) CDSA.
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Schedule I substance (crack cocaine) – S.5(2) CDSA.
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Schedule I substance (cocaine) – S.5(2) CDSA.
• Possession of a Schedule III substance (psylocibin {magic mushrooms}) – S.4(1) CDSA.
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (Canadian currency) – S. 354(1)(a) CC.
• Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose (Bear mace) – S. 88 CC.
Accused parties are attending bail hearings to determine release and conditions.

Community safety is a collaborative effort with our communities. UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service would like to remind the public that we need to work together to ensure the safety, protection and overall health and wellness of our communities. We need your help, your information, and your assistance to affect change. Drug trafficking invites residual and lateral violence into our communities, such as home invasions, serious assaults and homicides, and leads to the erosion of our communities through addiction, homelessness, and overdose deaths. We need to speak directly with the people who have the information that we require to ensure the safety and protection of our communities. Remember information is best protected and utilized when the Police can receive the information first hand.

The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service, OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service remains committed to working collaboratively and will continue to focus its efforts on major crime operations that pose a direct and elevated threat to the safety, security, and wellness of our communities. This combined Integrated Street Crime Unit is a Joint Force Operation and aims to identify and disrupt organized crime on Manitoulin Island through innovative technology, collaborative partnerships and traditional Police work resulting in the arrests of those involved, holding them accountablefor their criminal activities and the seizure of illegal drugs, prohibited firearms and proceeds of crime.

If anyone has further information regarding drug trafficking and organized crime, please contact UCCM Police at 705-377-7135 or Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers at 705-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an online tip at www.sudburycrimestoppers.com

Together we can make a difference.

James Killeen
Chief of Police
UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service