(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Police executed a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of Finlayson Street just before 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14th, 2019.
The search was part of an ongoing fentanyl and cocaine trafficking investigation by the joint task force, which includes members from the Thunder Bay Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and Anishinabek Police Service. Members of the neighbourhood gathered as the raid was going on and were cheering on police for taking down the notorious and problematic trap house.
As a result of the search, police found and seized about 7 grams of Fentanyl and small amounts of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, ritalin pills and Canadian currency.
As a result of the trap house raid, 49-year-old Jeffrey Leslie DUGAN, a resident of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of a Schedule 3 Substance.
42-year-old Andrew Robert GODFREY, a resident Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Probation Order Non-Compliance.
51-year-old Barbara Ann MCCOY, a resident of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Terry Allen PELTO, 31, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 and Probation Order Non-Compliance.
Alfreda Chelsea PERREAULT, 25, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Taylor Louise ROWE, 25, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Probation Order Non-Compliance.
Appearing in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 is 50-year-old Jeffrey Leslie Dugan. Presiding over court was the honourable Justice Dino DiGiuseppe. Representing the public interest is Federal Crown Attorney Ron Poirier and in Dugan’s corner is criminal defence lawyer and legal expert Richard “The RELEASE MACHINE” Garrett. Dugan’s co-accused, 32-year-old Terry Pelto can be seen sitting in the body of the court beside his talented criminal defence lawyer, Robert Habjan.
The court hearing begins with Dugan pleading guilty to possession of about 7 grams of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking. Facts regarding that charge, which were already mentioned above, are read into the court record. Garrett begins to make submissions to the judge regarding his clients position which lead to that fateful Finlayson fentanyl day.
Dugan used to be a mill worker and when the mills shut down in Thunder Bay, he wound up on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) due to an issue with his brain that prevented him from working. He has no previous drug-related charges. Dugan started to use marijuana around the time he lost his job which evolved into random opiate use and ultimately fentanyl abuse. He has some small-time criminal convictions from years ago, such as assault, but nothing approaching the magnitude of the charge he has plead guilty to today.
There is a joint submission put in front of the judge for his consideration today. A “joint submission” is when the Crown and defence has both agreed to what the sentence should be regarding an offence. The joint submission is that Dugan should face 3 years in jail for trafficking 7 grams of fentanyl. Court hears that this is on the low-end of the scale and that this charge alone could easily attract a 7 year or longer sentence.
Garrett tells the court that they arrived at the low-end of the scale due to Dugan not having any previous drug convictions and the fact of Dugan’s personal circumstances which include disability and addiction among other things.
Federal Crown attorney Poirier agrees and confirms the joint submission. Further, the rest of Dugan’s charges from that day are withdrawn along with all drug charges against his co-accused. Dugan took the hit for everyone on this one, it appears. The rest of Dugan’s charges are also withdrawn at the request of the Crown.
Dugan is credited for 69 days in jail before today’s date and is sentenced to the remainder of 3 years from today forward. He is headed to a federal penitentiary where he is likely to be released after serving two-thirds of his sentence.
Pelto and his lawyer Habjan take the stage and have his drug-related charges from this incident withdrawn. Pelto smiles and exits the court.
History on Pelto, article dated July 14th, 2019:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Thefts from vehicles and vehicles being stolen is a common occurence in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region. Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service have been working hard to return stolen property to their rightful owners.
Police have arrested 31-year-year-old Terry Pelto in regards to a stolen vehicle. He appeared in bail court this morning via video from the TBPS station in front of Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill. Crown Attorney Pasloski was also present as was a duty counsel lawyer.
Pelto is facing the following criminal charges:
- Possession of a stolen motor vehicle worth over $5000.
- Operate motor vehicle while prohibited.
- Failure to comply with probation – keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
Pelto has a lengthy criminal record and federal charges currently before the courts. He is denied bail today and is ordered to remain in jail until at least his scheduled Thursday appearance in a Thunder Bay courtroom.
He is escorted back to his cell where he will wait for prisoner transport to the Thunder Bay District Jail A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”.
History on Rowe, October 5th, 2018:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A Thunder Bay woman went viral when police asked the public for help locating the woman, a 25-year-old Taylor Rowe had the whole city buzzing about her whereabouts.
Police located Rowe safely and subsequently arrested her for failing to attend an August 3rd, 2018 court date.
Rowe appeared in Thunder Bay bail court this morning, in front of Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic, Crown Attorney Trevor Jukes, and duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge.
She appeared by video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station and looks seriously malnourished. She was quiet, responding with short responses.
Rowe has outstanding charges stemming from June 12th, in which it is alleged she had stolen a 2018 Jeep and was in possession of a stolen Visa credit card. She was arrested and released with a court date of August 3rd but failed to attend. A warrant for her arrest was issued.
Rowe is facing the following charges:
- Failure to attend court
- Theft over $5000
- Possession of a stolen credit card
Both of her parents were in court today, to advocate for their daughter to be released and to help her begin the process of recovery.
The Crown is willing to consent to her release, on the following conditions:
- Recognizance release, with her parents as surety
- Reside with her parents
- A curfew of 9:00 pm to 6:00 am
- Abstain from alcohol and any substances banned under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, unless with a medical prescription
Duty counsel discusses these terms with Rowe in private, upon duty counsel’s return to the courtroom, she indicates that Rowe has agreed to the terms.
Her parents will be examined to see if they are suitable sureties, my assumption is they are, and Rowe will go home with them later today.
Rowe seems to acknowledge that help is needed, and she will be off to get the help she needs to turn the ship around.
History on Godfrey, article dated December 4th, 2018:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A seemingly well-known individual who was featured on the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Wanted Wednesday program has been arrested.
42-year-old Andrew Robert Godfrey a.k.a. Bobby G was apprehended by police on December 3rd, 2018.
Allegations are that he was found to be in possession of “brass knuckles”.
Further allegations are that he had failed to comply with a probation order, and a court order which prohibited him from possessing weapons as defined by the Criminal Code.
Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic was presiding along with Crown Attorney Trevor Jukes and duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge.
Godfrey’s charges stemming from December 2nd, 2018 are:
- Concealed weapon (brass knuckles)
- Possession of a prohibited weapon contrary to section 109 (b) or the criminal code x4
- Failure to comply with probation (keep the peace and be of good behaviour)
Godfrey is also alleged to have missed court on July 17th, which landed him another charge this morning:
- Failed to appear in court
More allegations are stemming from a September 24th incident, which landed an additional charge of:
- Operate a motor vehicle on a highway while license is suspended
Godfrey was on a probation order since January of 2018 which he allegedly breached by not reporting into his probation officer between February and March. He was charged with:
- Failure to comply with probation order
The Crown tells the court that he is not consenting to the release of Godfrey, as this is a reverse onus situation.
”Reverse onus” means that the accused must show the court why they should be released.
Godfrey refused duty counsels help, and requested the matter be remanded for a few days so he can obtain counsel.
The Justice of the Peace grants the request and orders Godfrey to remain in Jail until at least Thursday on consent.
Godfrey is sent back to his jail cell at Hotel Balmoral, where he will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail.
It is believed Bobby was the victim of a brutal assault in which the injuries appear severe.
His alleged Facebook account shows a tattoo on his chest that says “Ruthless Crew” and the cover photo has the words “Manitoba Warriors” on it (pictured below).