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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – In the ongoing battle to disrupt out of town gangs that have been plaguing Thunder Bay and surrounding region, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service responded to an address in the 200 block of Frederica Street and made several arrests, according to sources.
Two males, suspected to be from the Toronto area have been arrested and detained. They both gave officers multiple names upon their arrest. One local woman was also arrested. Eleven people were in the unit and they were all removed. One woman claimed to be watching the apartment for the tenant, who was not present.
The first male, gave two names and two separate birthdates. “Omar Muhammad” born February 12 1994 and “Elyas Yusuf” born November 12th, 1996.
The suspect gave the name “Elyas Yusuf” shortly after providing the name “Omar Muhammad” Peel Regional Police have issued the following media release regarding a “Elyas Yusuf” in 2016.

(Brampton, ON) – Investigators from the Major Drugs and Vice Unit are investigating a group of suspects regarding two related incidents.
Incident #1: On Saturday, January 2, 2016, a 16 year old female was lured into the sex trade by a group of five males. Over a six week period the female worked as an escort under the direction and control of these males who took turns “pimping” her at various locations in and around Peel Region.
Investigators were able to identify, arrest and charge four culprits for Human Trafficking related offences and seek the public’s assistance with the identification of a fifth suspect.
Incident #2: On Sunday, June 26, 2016, the same female victim was deceived into attending a hotel in York Region where she was confronted by three of the suspects from the original incident along with a fourth male. The group then forced the victim into a vehicle and transported her to Peel Police – 22 Division, where she was instructed to recant her statement regarding the first incident. The group of suspects fled as the victim advised police of the situation.
Investigators have since identified, arrested and charged three of the four culprits in the second incident.
The following suspects have been charged in relation to these incidents:
Semere NETZEREAB, (aka Sousa or Samy), a 19 year-old male from Mississauga: is facing the following charges: Incident #1: Trafficking in Persons Under 18 Years / Receiving a Benefit from Trafficking / Procuring Under 18 Years / Exercise Control Under 18 Years / Derive a Material Benefit from Sexual Services Under 18 Years and Advertise Sexual Services.
Minyaal WUR (aka General), an 18 year-old male from Mississauga is facing the following charges: Incident #1: Trafficking in Persons Under 18 Years / Receiving a Benefit from Trafficking / Procuring Under 18 Years (x2) / Derive a Material Benefit from Sexual Services Under 18 Years / Advertise Sexual Services and Assault. WUR faces the additional charges related to incident #2: Kidnapping / Intimidation of a Justice System Participant and Assault.
Elyas YUSUF (aka Illy), a 19 year-old male from Mississauga is facing the following charges: Incident #1: Trafficking in Persons Under 18 Years / Receiving a Benefit from Trafficking / Procuring – Person Under 18 Years and Derive a Material Benefit from Sexual Services Under 18 Years. YUSUF faces additional charges related to incident #2: Kidnapping / Intimidation of a Justice System Participant and Fail To Comply.
Yonis OSMAN (aka GHerbo), a 20 year-old male from Toronto is facing the following charges: Incident #1: Procuring – Person Under 18 Years / Derive a Material Benefit from Sexual Services Under 18 Years. OSMAN faces the additional charges related to incident #2: Kidnapping / Intimidation of a Justice System Participant.
Police are still trying to identify two culprits who were allegedly involved in these incidents.
Incident #1: described as Male, Black approximately 25 years of age that goes by the name of ‘GUWOP’.
Incident #2: described as Male, Black.
Members of the Peel Regional Police Major Drugs and Vice Bureau are concerned that there may be more victims associated to this group of males who have not had the opportunity or are reluctant to come forward.
Human trafficking is a complex and often a hidden crime and human rights violation that results in serious and long-term trauma for victims. Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable people in our society and use different tactics to control, abuse, exploit and profit from them.
Peel Regional Police is committed to identifying and aiding victims of human trafficking as well as identifying, arresting and prosecuting those responsible for exploiting these victims.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Investigators of the Major Drugs and Vice Unit at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3515. 
Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word “PEEL” and then your tip.

This photo, provided by police in southern Ontario matches the person who was in bail court this morning naming himself Elyas Yusuf.

Let’s call him “Elyas Yusuf, since that is the name he gave police most recently. He appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse bail court this morning via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service station while in police custody.
His Worship, Bernard Caron was presiding along with Federal Crown Attorney Misbah Haque, Provincial Crown Attorney Derrick “The Hammer” Silvestro and duty counsel lawyer Robert Habjan.
Yusuf, from the Toronto area, is facing the following criminal charges after being arrested in the south side of Thunder Bay:

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  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine).
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (percocets).
  • Proceeds of crime under $5000 (Canadian currency).

A second male, also initially gave a different name but settled on “Sohaib Molowi”, from the Toronto area, (photo unavailable.. He also appeared in bail court this morning but was charged with more offences than Yusuf.
He is alleged to have had cocaine/crack, percocets and a loaded Glock 43 9mm with the serial number scratch off. Those charges are:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine).
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (percocets).
  • Proceeds of crime under $5000.
  • Possession of a Glock 43 9mm with no license.
  • Careless use/storage of a firearm (Glock 43 9mm).
  • Possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm.
  • Unlawfully possess a firearm with the serial number removed.
  • Possession prohibited firearm without license.
  • Possession firearm without license.

Gun From Bust / Source: TBPS

A third suspect, 27-year-old Alexandrea Welsh, of Thunder Bay, Ontario was also arrested at the same location and has been charged with:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine).
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (percocets).

The Crown cites concerns on all three grounds regarding the release of the three suspects. Federal Crown Attorney Misbah Haque and Crown Attorney Silvestro are opposing the release of the suspects and appears to be seeking their detention.
The primary ground concerns indicates that the likelihood for the suspects to return for their court dates is substantially unlikely. The secondary ground concerns indicates the Crown believes that the suspects are likely to become a public safety concern or may re-offend. The tertiary grounds indicates that the Crown believes that should the suspects be released, it may hinder the public’s confidence in the administration of justice.
Both males refused duty counsels assistance but the local woman did obtain help from duty counsel. Welsh instructed duty counsel that her lawyer of choice is Andrew Desmoulin. Duty counsel states that they will labour to inform Desmoulin of the request for his services.
All three suspects were denied bail and scheduled to appear back in court on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 to take another swing at getting released from jail.

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