Pound of Cocaine Busted, Suspect Released Just Days Ago

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(SHUNIAH, ON) – On December 16th, 2019, officers with the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police investigated a vehicle and recognized a male in the vehicle as being involved in the drug trade and being released from jail just days ago on serious drug trafficking charges.

Police seized about a pound of cocaine (450 grams) and arrested two Toronto-area males. It is believed that the two were transporting drugs from Toronto to Thunder Bay for the purpose of selling them in our community.

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Kudzai NYEMBE-MAFOHLA, 22, of Toronto is charged with::

  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Breaching bail condition not to possess illegal drugs x2.
  • Obstruct police (false name).

He has outstanding charges in which we will link at the end of this article along with his bail which was granted just days ago. He was on bail conditions to reside in the Toronto area and abide by a curfew in which he was supposed to be home every night.

Mark Augustus Junior Malcolm, 40, was also charged with the same offences. Both men appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via video link from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the OPP. Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock ’em UP!” VanKessel and a duty counsel work Maryline Thomsin.

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Both suspects were ordered to remain in jail for the time being. Kudzai is appearing back in court tomorrow by video, as his lawyer is going to be in town t that time. Malcolm is reappearing in court on Friday.

HISTORY article dated december 12th, 2019:

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Police with the Joint Task Force arrested five people and seized illicit drugs with an estimated street value of more than $55,000 following a Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 evening search of a north-side residence.

As a result of an ongoing investigation, officers obtained and executed a warrant to search a residence in the 100 block of Cumberland Street South just before midnight on Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Five people were inside the residence at the time of the search. Meanwhile, an officer observed one of the male occupants of the residence throwing items from the balcony outside (Nyembe-Mafohla). He is also alleged to have given police a false name when asked to identify himself. Those items, believed to be cocaine and crack cocaine, were located and seized by police.

The drugs seized had a combined estimated street value of nearly $58,000. Police also seized paraphernalia consistent with trafficking and about $4,000 CAD.

Kudzai NYEMBE-MAFOHLA, 22, of Toronto is charged with:

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

Donald Arthur GREEN, 48, of Thunder Bay is charged with:

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

Stephanie Lynne HORTON, 44, of Thunder Bay is charged with:

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

Arielle Angela RITCH (pictured), 27, of Thunder Bay is charged with:

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

All of the parties were initially held in jail pending bail hearings.

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Nyembe-Mafohla had a bail hearing yesterday. His mother was present and he walked out of the courthouse the same day. He was granted release on a recognizance bail plan with a surety and $2500 price tag. His release conditions are:

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  • Reside with your surety in Scarborough.
  • Remain in your residence daily between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am except for medical emergencies, travelling directly to or from court, meeting with his lawyer, or for purposes of complying with this or any other court order.
  • Stay out of Thunder Bay except for court appearances.
  • Do not contact co-accused except through legal counsel for the purposes of defence.
  • Do not possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Do not possess or consume any unlawful drugs or substances unless with a valid prescription in his name.
  • Do not possess any weigh scales, hydroponic grow equipment or other drug paraphernalia.

Horton was granted bail on August 30th, 2019 under a recognizance bail plan with a surety pegged at $1000. Her release conditions are:

  • Reside with your surety in the 400 block of Wiley Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • Remain in your residence daily between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am unless for medical emergencies or in the presence of your surety.
  • Do not contact or communicate with your co-accused.
  • Do not possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Do not possess or consume any unlawful drugs or substances unless with a valid prescription in her name.
  • Do not possess any weigh scales, hydroponic grow equipment or other drug paraphernalia.

Ritch was also granted release from jail on August 30th, 2019 under a recognizance bail plan with surety pegged at $1000. Her release conditions are:

  • Reside with your surety on the third floor of 122-Cumberland Street South, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • Be amenable to the rules and discipline of your surety.
  • Remain in your residence daily between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am unless for medical emergencies or in the presence of your surety.
  • Do not contact or communicate with your co-accused.
  • Do not possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Do not possess or consume any unlawful drugs or substances unless with a valid prescription in her name.
  • Do not possess any weigh scales, hydroponic grow equipment or other drug paraphernalia.

Donald Green’s current status was not available at the time of publishing. We will obtain further information and update this article once that is in our hands.

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2 Replies to “Pound of Cocaine Busted, Suspect Released Just Days Ago”

  1. Just another classic example of JPs and judges incompetence. WTF are they letting these snakes out for? It’s abundantly obvious that they don’t give a shit about judges orders nor the law.

    SMFH with the decisions these judges make.

    We must start picketing the courthouse and emailing the minister of justice advising him of the absolute idiots we have presiding over the courts in Dumpster Bay .

  2. Rex I totally agree with you but would like to add one more comment. Over the past year just to satisfy my own curiosity I have gone to numerous days of sitting in the courtroom just to witness for myself how things are done and I must say I was not impressed. Maybe Pino would disagree with me but I am only referring to my experiences watching our courts.

    One thing I noticed very quickly was how the judges handle the people who are there for their charges but especially the ones who are repeat offenders. They deal with them with kid gloves and I found they were very coddling of these people. I was waiting for the judge or the duty counsel person to run over and wipe their nose for them that’s how ridiculous it was.
    The other thing that is very annoying is how many people walk in during a case, make all kinds of noise only to look around to see if someone they are looking for is there then make all kinds of racket leaving and nothing is said or done. The best one for me though was the day the defendant (i thinks that’s what they are called) sat at the table beside his duty counsel and with his hands raised about eye level he began to clip his fingernails making clipping noises and watching his nail pieces fly all over and not one word was said to him by anyone. Must say I myself had a good chuckle also. I probably should not have but the ridiculous of it all was amusing.

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