Ritalin and Oxycodone BUST


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On April 24, 2019 officers from the Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the Armstrong OPP Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Highway 527.

Investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of an illegal substance. Police seized 216 Oxycodone pills and 7 Ritalin pills. The drugs have an estimated value of $4400.


Matthew MATINET, 39 years of age, from Whitesand First Nation was arrested and charged with two offences contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA):

  • Possession of a Schedule l Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking-Opioid contrary to section 5(2) CDSA,
  • Possession of a Schedule lll Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to section 5(2) CDSA.

He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on July 12, 2019 to answer to the charges.

If you have information regarding the illegal possession and trafficking of illegal substances please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.


Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. You may access their website at: http://www.p3tips.com/273.

Anyone with photos of Matinet are asked to email them to tips@trcctb.com

Source: OPP


7 Replies to “Ritalin and Oxycodone BUST”

  1. Doesnt say where they were destined, but safe to say back to Whitesand ? (its near Armstrong)
    Thing that gets me curious, at $20 a pill.. how many pills would an addict typically take ? Even if its just two a day, thats a $1200/month habit. Some say addiction rates are as high as 80% of population. Where does all that money come from ??

    1. @Ashlee: I just extrapolated the price from the bust stats in the article. Apparently the police habit of over-inflating price stats still happens. What is a more reasonable price up north ? And how many would a typical person take ?

    2. @Joe: It would be interesting to ponder how much money is directed in this folley.
      1) Financing the addiction
      2) Funding anti-addiction healing businesses
      3) Funding policing , the court system and jails etc in the “battle” against the addictions.

      The real winners are the drug manufacturers and the criminal element that bring it underground, and the chains of people who’s income depend on this continuing.
      The real losers are the taxpayers and the addicts.

  2. You would be surprised who uses, many are closet users like professional workers, it’s not only the people on the streets seen it myself….

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