OTTAWA GANG MEMBER CAUGHT WITH 5000 FAKE PERCOCET PILLS CONTAINING FENTANYL IS FACING UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY.
Appearing in High Security Courtroom 206 on Tuesday April 24,2018 is 39 year old ABEL SOLANO SANTANA. He stands about 5’8” tall and has a fit build. He has a dark gray hoodie on and denim blue jeans. His hair is dark & curly. He has very dark complexion. He’s originally from Dominican Republic.
TBPS Special Constables Place him in a fully enclosed prisoner’s box. It’s quite obvious that he doesn’t like it there.
Superior Court Justice Danial Newton is presiding. Federal Crown Attorney Giuseppe Cipriano is here from Ottawa. Defence attorney is Anne Pollack.
A 2 day trial was held starting January 8,2018. Justice Newton delivered a decision on January 10,2018.
ABEL SOLANO SANTANA is guilty of
-possession for the purpose of trafficking
-possession of property obtained by crime
-breach of bail conditions X 3
Project Coast was a six-month joint investigation by the OPP and the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service focused on the Timmins and Chapleau areas and James Bay coastal communities where, police noted, high prices are “providing considerable profit incentive for criminals to exploit vulnerable residents in Aboriginal communities.”
SANTANA HAS BEEN IN JAIL FOR 2 YEARS LESS 5 DAYS ACCORDING TO HIS ATTORNEY.
FEDERAL CROWN CIPRIANO IS ASKING FOR A 10 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE.
In his submission to His Honour Newton, he submits there are several aggravating factors.
Fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine.
There were text messages from Santana’s phone that he wanted to purchase a pill press and pill stamp that said “TEC”.
Santana had 5000 illegally manufactured fake Percocets that contained caffeine and fentanyl in his possession.
The target market was northern reserves where they are vulnerable.
This isn’t the first time he’s engaged in this type of behaviour.
Santana is not an addict and this amount of pills was purely for financial gain.
The primary goal of sentencing for this is denunciation and deterrence.
Federal Crown Cipriano has submitted several case laws to bolster his position for the 10 year sentence.
DEFENCE LAWYER POLLOCK ON SENTENCING SUBMISSIONS. SHE SUBMITS THAT A 4 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE IS SUFFICIENT MINUS ALMOST 3 YEARS ENHANCED CREDIT.
Pollock submits to the court that there are several corrections required in the presentence report. She outlines some of her client’s history.
In 1991, Santana came to Canada from the Dominican Republic. His mother sent back to a Dominican boarding school as a young teenager because of some misbehaviour in Canada. He came back to Canada at 15 years of age. He used to run a children’s store and sold lost luggage for Air Canada. His store closed in 2006. He was convicted of a violent assault on his now ex-wife at that time.
He had a 3 month Conditional Sentence (house arrest) in 2000, but he breached that.
The court hears that he started a Construction company shortly before being arrested with Miranda Myles but it lost money. (Writer’s Note- a search of Google Earth shows the “construction company” at a Money Mart and African Slow Cook Food location)
Defence submits to His Honour that “We don’t have a quantitive value of the Fentanyl.” referring to the fact that each of the 5000 pills may contain varying amounts of Fentanyl.
Justice Newton is quick to reply “IT’S NOT 50, NOT 500, BUT 5000 PILLS”.
His Honour throws a question back to Defence “What do you think of these pills being trafficked on a vulnerable population on Northern reserves?”
Defence suggests that evidence of that hasn’t been presented and it’s her job to see how low she can go in regards to sentencing for her client.
SANTANA’S criminal record starts in 2000. He was recently charged with possession for purpose but it got knocked down to possession. He’s already been incarcerated in a few institutions.
Pollock submits several case laws to His Honour but Justice Newton is pretty quick to point out that most of them don’t apply in this situation. His Honour reiterates “This is someone who preys on vulnerable people on a large scale. 5000 PILLS”.
Defence further submits that Santana is a father of 2 children and the behaviour of the 16 year old is worrisome”
Justice Newton replies” This isn’t helping because he’s not going to be home for a while”.
SANTANA IS ASKED IF HE HAS ANYTHING TO SAY.
“I just wanted to say that I’m sorry for the trouble I caused. I didn’t mean to be in this predicament today. I was in a situation where I came up with a crazy idea. I’ll do any counselling or rehabilitation programs available just to get out. My 16 year old is wondering when I’m coming home”.
WRITER’S NOTE – My guess is that Santana will see his daughter outside of prison when she’s about 22 years old.
AS USUAL, THERE IS NO LOCAL MEDIA PRESENT IN THE COURTROOM TO REPORT THIS.
HE WILL BE SENTENCED AT THE END OF JUNE BECAUSE JUSTICE NEWTON HAS A VERY BUSY SCHEDULE FOR NEXT FEW WEEKS
SOME PAST CRIMINAL HISTORY OF ABEL SOLANO SANTANA.
– In April 2008, he was charged in a home invasion with replica handgun.
– In November 2011 Abel Santana Solano, aged 32 of Gatineau, and 27-year-old Alejandro Wilky Santana-Espinosa of Ottawa were both charged with sexual assault with a firearm, kidnapping, forcible confinement, pointing a firearm and armed robbery.
“Those two guys are well known by the police force and it’s a possibility that they are related to organized crime,” said Const. Pierre Lanthier of the Gatineau police.
French-language newspaper Le Droit is reporting Espinosa was just released from prison after serving 44 months for killing a motorcyclist in 2007 while speeding.
The charges come after a 20-year-old woman said she was leaving a bar in Ottawa’s ByWard Market when she was taken against her will and brought to a home on Rue des Capucines in Gatineau’s Hull sector.
– In May 2016 as part of Project Coast , 21 search warrants were executed, police seized:
• 57,792 methamphetamine tablets,
• 7,229 oxycodone pills,
• 706 grams of cocaine,
• 476.6 grams of marihuana, and
• 154.25 fentanyl patches.
Police also seized more than 252-thousand dollars in Canadian currency, one shotgun and a bulletproof vest.
OPP made arrests at homes on Treaty Court and Pineglade Crescent in Ottawa on Thursday May 19, 2016. In all nine people from Ottawa and Renfrew were arrested. Police say two of the men arrested, Abel Solano-Santana, 37, and Adnan “Ace” Fazeli, 31, are well-known Ottawa gang members, with long criminal records.
• Michael Chenier, 31 of Orleans
• Patrick Gallant, 26, of Ottawa
• Christopher Hewitt, 30 of Ottawa
• Holli Kasaboski , 29, of Renfrew
• Michelle Mousseau , 23, of Ottawa
Two young offenders were also arrested.