GUILTY: Police Officer Injured During Drug Bust Arrest

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service were executing a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a house on May 8th, 2019 at approximately 5:25 pm.

Police arrived and knocked on the door. 28-year-old Andrew Otway-Gilberds answered the door and once the door was open, officers advised him that they were police and had a search warrant. Otway-Gilberds immediately tried to push an officer away from the shirt but was grabbed by the shirt and was taken away from the residence. Otway-Gilberds then attemped to flee from police by running away.

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A brief foot chase happened and two officers apprehended Otway-Gilberds. He continued to resist police and refused to comply with demands made by officers. Refusing to put his hands behind his back, officers forced his hands behind his back and brought him down to the ground to effectively and safely make the arrest. He was ultimately arrested and detained. One officer suffered injuries to his finger which required surgery.

During the search of the home, 5 people were arrested and 6 grams of cocaine were located in the home.

Below is the police media release about the incident:

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Investigators with the Project Disruption joint task force executed two search warrants that resulted in drug seizures and arrests on Wednesday, May 8.

Both warrants were products of an ongoing investigation into drug and gang activity in the city.

The first warrant focused on an address in the 300 block of South Syndicate Avenue. Officers entered the residence at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday and arrested nine individuals. Three were released without conditions, while the remaining six were taken into custody.

As a result of the continued investigation, officers located crack cocaine and powdered cocaine, about $500 CAD, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of nearly $40,000 CAD.

A second search warrant focused on an address in the 600 block of Southern Avenue.

Officers gained entrance of that residence just before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A male who met officers at the door attempted to push them away and prevent them entry before then trying to flee the scene.

The male was arrested after a struggle that led to an officer becoming injured.

A second male who also tried to prevent officers from entering was arrested. Four others inside the residence were also arrested at the scene.

Following a search of the residence officers located a small quantity of suspected cocaine, paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking, a semi-automatic rifle and ammunition.

As a result of these investigations, the following people have been charged:

Ross Joseph Patrick HAGAN, 21, of Toronto:

  • Possession of Cocaine for Purpose of Trafficking;
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000;
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm

Andrew Thomas OTWAY-GILBERDS, 28, of Thunder Bay:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking;
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000;
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm;
  • Resist Peace Officer;
  • Probation Order – Non Compliance

Dustin Gary WARD, 34, of Thunder Bay:

  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking;
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000;
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm

Zeeshaan ALI, 25, of Toronto:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000;
  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

Denis Terry BERNARD, 35, of Rocky Bay First Nation:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000;
  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking;
  • Failing to Comply with Condition Undertaking

Troy Robert GLIDDEN, 34, of Thunder Bay:

  • Obstruct Peace Officer;
  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking;
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000

Jeffrey Raymond JACKSON, 35, of Thunder Bay:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000;
  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

Said Mohamed KEYLIYE, 23, of Toronto:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000;
  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

James Matthew ST AMAND: 56, of Thunder Bay:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000;
  • Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

JACKSON appeared in court the following Thursday and was released with a future appearance date. All other accused persons appeared in court the following Thursday and were remanded into custody with a future appearance date.

Project Disruption is an ongoing specialized joint force operation that includes resources and members from the Bay Police Service’s intelligence unit, OPP, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service and Anishinabek Police Service

Otway-Gilberds plead guilty today to and resisting police and breaching probation  in courtroom 301. He was not in the prisoner’s box as he is currently out on bail. His sentencing is about to take place. Her Honour, Justice Elaine Burton was presiding along with Federal Crown Attorney Ron Poirier and criminal lawyer Kate Brindley.

The Judge asks Otway-Gilberds if he has anything to say, he declines and Her Honour says “You had no business acting that way with police, I hope you recognize that. They have a tough job to do without people acting out the way you were acting and that rarely ends well. Fighting police when you’re outnumbered is never going to end well for you, you are lucky you didn’t get hurt. One of the officers got hurt and required surgery.”

“It doesn’t sound like you were actively assaulting but you were very certainly actively resisting and struggling. Those are things I have to take into account.” Her Honour says.

Otway-Gilberds was released from jail on June 27th and has been charged with breaching his bail conditions since.

Court hears that the Crown and defence have put forth a joint submission in which they suggest that the 50 real days Otway-Gilberds spent behind bars be enhanced to 75 days due to the deplorable conditions at the Thunder Bay District Jail. He is to be considered for a ‘time served’ position which would mean he has already served his jail time. 12 months of probation is also requested. His proposed probation conditions are as follows:

  • Keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
  • Report to probation as required.
  • Appear in court as required.
  • Notify court or probation officers of any change in name, address or occupation.
  • Co-operate with your probation officer.
  • Attend and actively participate in all rehabilitative programs and counselling as directed by your probation officer.
  • Sign any release forms that will enable your probation officer to monitor your programs as directed.
  • Not buy, possess or consume any unlawful substances without a valid prescription in your name.

The joint submission is accepted by Her Honour. Justice Burton does tell Otway-Gilberds that had he not served any pre-sentence custody, or not as much, she would have sent him to jail today.

Otway-Gilberds is sentenced and walks out of court a free man after being sentenced.

Below is an article about Otway-Gilberds relative. Click the link below:

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2 Replies to “GUILTY: Police Officer Injured During Drug Bust Arrest”

  1. Little bit of everything in that mix of lowlife scum. Local white trash, Toronto snakes and of course, the unmentionable(s).

  2. I know him. I hung out with him years ago, he was buff and fit. Into martial arts as I am. I used to have a crush on him. I see his now face as a skeleton… Meaning only one thing… He is more than likely using.

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