(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Yesterday was a busy day for the Ontario Provincial Police, as they cracked down on crack dealers and more.

OPP stung down on 4 alleged drug dealers, all from southern Ontario.

On October 4, 2018, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau (POIB) and the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) conducted an investigation into parties from southern Ontario suspected of dealing drugs in the Thunder Bay area.

As a result of this investigation police arrested four people at a Motel on Munro Street in Thunder Bay and seized one handgun, a quantity of cash, and controlled drugs and substances including 0.4 grams of suspected cannabis resin, 12.2 grams of marihuana, 7.3 grams of suspected heroin, 29 grams of suspected cocaine, 18.5 grams of suspected crack cocaine, and 6 and a half suspected Percocet pills.


Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic presided over bail court, along with Federal Crown Attorney Ron Poirier, Provincial Crown Attorney Trevor Jukes, Duty Counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge, and Defense lawyer Brenden Sasevich.

22-year old Jeron Beckword, a skinny black male and Josepf Sinclair Stewart, same description as Veckford, were both arrested and charged with:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking cracked cocaine
  • Possession of proceeds of crime under $5000
  • Possession of marijuana (under 30 grams)
  • Possession of a firearm (9mm handgun)
  • Breach of recognizance (no weapons)

Sources indicate that Veckford wasn’t convicted for drug trafficking earlier this year.

Both Crowns are opposed to these two Toronto area drug dealing gang members on all three grounds.

Primary grounds means the Crowns don’t believe the accused will show up for court. Secondary grounds means the Crowns believe the likelihood of the accused to re-offend or become a public safety concern is substantial. The tertiary grounds means the Crown believes if they were to release the accused, that the public would lose faith in the administration of justice.

Veckford’s defence lawyer Sasevich requests the matter goes over to October 9th to set a date for a bail hearing.

Federal Crown Poirier advises that this bail hearing will exceed two hours and that a special bail hearing will need to be scheduled.

Veckford is sent back to his cell to be held in custody until his future court date.

Sinclair’s defence lawyer Woods, requests his matter to go over to October 9th by video, to work on a bail plan.

Sinclair is also held in custody until his October 9th return date.

Furthermore, a drug bust at a north side motel landed 25-year-old Zachary Collins and 20-year-old Brittany Kayla Cook, both of Scarborough, Ontario, and both Caucasian’s, behind bars yesterday.

They are both faces the following charges:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Crack)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Heroin)
  • Possession of controlled substance (Oxycodone)
  • Possession of a controlled substance (30 grams or less marijuana)

The Crown has received recommendations from police to release these two suspects, as they did not have any firearms with them.

Their release conditions are as follows:

  • Recognizance with a $500 no deposit
  • Remain outside the district of Thunder Bay
  • Reside in the 200 block of Morningside Avenue in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Report any change of address to the police within 48 hours of the change
  • No substances banned under the CDSA unless with a prescription
  • No firearms
  • No contact with the Veckford or Sinclair

They were both released and given until Sunday to leave the district of Thunder Bay.

These two drug busts are related.


September 18th, 2018:

A patrol officer stopped a vehicle after it failed to stop at a stop sign on Egan Street.

The officer spoke to the two male occupants and received conflicting information about the ownership of the vehicle.

A subsequent search of the vehicle located a stolen credit card and the two males were arrested.

Follow up investigation revealed that both males provided false names in the original police contact.

Both males appeared in court this morning and have been remanded into custody on the following charges:

Zachary Benjamin Collins – 25-years-old of Scarborough, Ontario
· Obstruct Peace Officer
· Possession of Stolen Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000

Nicholas Reid – 26-years-old of Scarborough, Ontario
· Obstruct Peace Officer
· Possession of Stolen Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
· Breach of Recognizance

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  1. Pino, You are doing the citizens of Thunder Bay a great service by exposing how inadequate the other news agencies are in telling the citizens the complete story. For example another new service also ran this story but omitted the facts about the handgun! Keep up the good work.

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