Toronto area gang member arrested and charged with drugs – house raided


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A Toronto area male gang member was arrested in Thunder Bay yesterday and was held in custody at Hotel Balmoral in order to appear in bail court this morning.

On Thursday, November 29th, 2018 the Thunder Bay Police Service Intelligence Section and the Community Response Team in conjunction with the Ontario Provincial Police, Anishinabek Police Service and Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service arrested two males from the Greater Toronto for various offences.


In the first incident, Police became aware that a male previously charged from a drug investigation in October which saw 3 Toronto residents arrested near the Thunder Bay Internation Airport, had returned to Thunder Bay in contravention of his conditions of release.

Members of the Community Response Team observed the male driving and attempted to stop him.

The male failed to stop for police, eventually abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot. He was arrested a short time later.


Arrested and charged was 21-year old Blake Street Mafia gang member Matthew Joseph Pickering, of Toronto. He is charged with:

  • Breach of Recognizance (stay out of the district of Thunder Bay)
  • Possession of a controlled substance (cocaine)
  • Fail to Stop for Police in order to evade
  • Resist Arrest from two police officers

Anyone with pics of Pickering is urged to email them to

Pickering appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning via video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station in front of Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman. Federal Crown Attorney Ron Poirier was also present along with duty counsel Lianne Roberge.


Pickering’s previous charge, stemming from an October 4th incident brings forward the previous charge of:

  • Possession of proceeds of crime (cash)

The Crown states that Pickering is in a “reverse-onus” situation, which means that Pickering will have to show the courts why he should be released. Further, the Crown tells the courts that they have very strong secondary concerns regarding Pickering’s release, as well as primary grounds.

Secondary ground concerns tell us that the Crown believes it is likely that Pickering would either re-offend, become a public safety concern, interfere with the administration of justice, or any combination of those. Primary concerns mean that the Crown believes the likelihood of Pickering to return for court is unlikely.

Duty counsel requests that the matter come back before the courts on Monday to be spoken to. Also, that they will contact Pickering’s lawyer of choice to inform them on what is happening with their potential client.

In a second incident, Police executed a search warrant at a residence on the 200 block of Dundas Street.

And it seems that TRCCTB finally has some competition as Chantal Boucher got the word out early.

A lone male was arrested and a small amount of drugs and paraphernalia conducive to drug trafficking were seized. In addition $2,600 in Canadian currency was also seized.


Arrested and charged was 19-year-old Shayne Anthony Hylton, of Etobicoke. He is charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance (oxycodone)
  • Possession of proceeds of crime $5,000 (cash)

Hylton was also remanded into custody.

Anyone with pics of Hylton are encourged to email them to


With files from the Thunder Bay Police Service


4 Replies to “Toronto area gang member arrested and charged with drugs – house raided”

  1. Great job TBPS , you guys are truly making a difference for our community so thank you.
    Also thank you Pino for publishing these degenerates and getting their pictures out there. Keep it up boys !

  2. I lived here all my life born and raised. Wow, nice to see our police department doing a great job catching the bad people. Good job on this website hopefully to see pictures of the arrested individuals wrecking our home to drugs, bringing crime, and making people feel unsafe because that is uncool.

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