Jean Claude arrested and charged with trafficking “Purple Down”


(WEST NIPISSING, ON) – During the early morning hours of December 4, West Nipissing Police Service officers were on general patrol on John Street in Sturgeon Falls. The officers observed a man walking in the area, a short time later the officers observed the same man walking out from behind a building.

The officers questioned the man and located his backpack hidden a short distance away. Upon searching the man and the backpack, police seized a substantial amount of street drugs and money.

Officers seized:

  • 16 grams of suspected Purple Down (heroine/fentanyl mixture)
  • 13 grams of cocaine
  • 17 grams of Crystal Meth
  • 1700+ methamphetamine pills (speed)
  • 158 grams of marijuana
  • Over $2500.00 cash

The street value of the drugs is estimated at approximately $26,000.

42-year-old Jean Claude Philippe of Sturgeon Falls now faces the following charges:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance x5
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • breach of Probation.

Anyone with information about this occurrence is asked to contact the West Nipissing Police Service at 705-753-1234.

For those who wish to remain anonymous, there are three ways to contact the Near North Crime Stoppers. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text the word “Nipper” plus the tip information to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at

Anyone with photos of Jean Claude is urged to email them to

Source: West Nipissing Police Service