North Bay News: Bonfield man charged after police seize $3.2 million worth of illegal drugs

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A Bonfield, Ont., man has been charged after search warrants revealed more than $3.2 million worth of illegal drugs in the area, the Ontario Provincial Police said Wednesday.

The arrest is part of a historic string of arrests by multiple police forces across the province, with drugs seized totaling more than $25 million.

The 36-year-old was arrested Oct. 20 when multiple units of the Ontario Provincial Police and the North Bay Police Department executed search warrants at residences in Bonfield and Callander.

“Officers seized large quantities of suspected cocaine (approximately 23 kg), crystal methamphetamine (approximately 8 kg), fentanyl (approximately 150 g) and a significant quantity of amphetamine and oxycontin,” a police said in a statement.

“Also seized were cell phones, electronic devices, drug paraphernalia, a silencer and over $20,000 in Canadian currency.

OPP Chief Superintendent Mike Pilon said the arrest was the result of daily police efforts.

“We continue to receive information through Crime Stoppers and a general investigation,” Pilon said.

“Good old-fashioned teamwork and thorough policing is really what leads to these things.”

He said it is shocking to know how many drugs are circulating in the North.

“It’s very concerning that in these small communities in northeastern Ontario, we’re seeing these kinds of amounts,” Pilon said.

“It’s just an indication of how much of a crisis level we are.”

The suspect in the case has been charged with 15 offenses including trafficking, possession of a weapon, breaching a bail order and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

The accused was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday in North Bay.

North Bay Police Inspector Scott McFarlane said the suspect was known to police.

“Arrested earlier this summer for similar types of offenses and he was released,” McFarlane said.

“That’s about all I can say.”

By taking drugs off the streets, he said they potentially save thousands of lives.

“As much as a lump of salt or a grain of salt is enough to kill someone with fentanyl, which I believed ether was well over 150 grams of fentanyl seized,” McFarlane said.

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