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Lengthy drug and weapons investigation leads to numerous charges

Police charge people from Midland, Essa Township, Wasaga Beach; Officers seize 2.5 kilograms of cocaine, as well as weapons and vehicles
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ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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Update

Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) members attached to Southern Georgian Bay, Orillia, Bracebridge and Huntsville detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wrapped up a drug and weapons investigation that has been active from July 2020 concluding in February 2021 with four final search warrants being executed. On Feb. 12, 2021 with the assistance of the OPP Central Region K-9 Unit OPP officers executed a search warrant on a Hartman Drive, Midland residence.

Also, on Feb. 12, 2021 CSCU officers assisted by the OPP Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a search warrant at a second residence on Southwood Road in the Town of Gravenhurst. Two involved vehicles were also identified and became subjects of the two remaining search warrants after being transported to the Southern Georgian Bay detachment.

These search warrants netted investigators a quantity of Oxycodone pills, 345 cannabis marijuana plants, 15.7 pounds of cultivated cannabis marijuana, $57,435 in Canadian currency, associated drug paraphernalia, a crossbow along with a quantity of ammunition.

Charged in connection to the Feb. 12, 2021 search warrant investigations are four persons as follows with associated charges.

Jamie Marshall Robitaille, 44 years, of Midland with the following offences

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - opioid (other than heroin)
    • contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
  • Cultivate, propagate or harvest any cannabis plant at a place that is not their dwelling-house (or offer to do so)
  • Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling

Both charges contrary to the Cannabis Act

  • Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order (six counts)
  • Possession property obtained by crime over $5,000

All charges contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

Stephanie Stainton, 36 years, of Midland with the following offences

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - opioid (other than heroin)
    • Contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
    • Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

Darlene Bowan, 50 years, of Essa Township with the following offence

  • Cultivate, propagate or harvest more than four plants at one time in dwelling-house
    • Contrary to the Cannabis Act

Darryl Walter Durkee, 39 years, of Wasaga Beach with the following offence-

  • Cultivate, propagate or harvest more than four plants at one time in dwelling-house
    • Contrary to the Cannabis Act

All four charged persons were released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on March 25, 2021.

OPP officers appreciate information from the public that assists them in helping to make our communities safer and healthier for everyone. Anyone with further information about these investigations is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, opp.southern.georgian.bay@opp.ca or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka www.crimestopperssdm.com on Twitter or Facebook.

Original release

On Dec. 3, 2020 beginning at 6 a.m., members of the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of the Ontario Provincial Police Southern Georgian Bay Detachment executed three search warrants with the assistance of the Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), Tactical Response Unit (TRU) and CSCU teams from Orillia, Collingwood/Huronia West and Nottawasaga Detachments. 

The warrants were executed at a residence in a condominium complex on Sea Ray Avenue in the Town of Innisfil and at two residences in the Township of Tay on Old Fort Road and Lumber Road. 

Investigators located and seized the following items:

  • 2.5 kilograms of cocaine
  • 1 kilogram of phenacetin
  • 174 grams of cannabis resin
  • 9 mm Norinco semi-automatic pistol
  • 9 mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol
  • 164 rounds of ammunition
  • $55,195 Canadian currency
  • Drug Trafficking paraphernalia
  • 2015 BMW sedan
  • 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck

 As a result of this investigation, Kyle Gonsalves, 27 years, of Innisfil and Emily Bergman, 26 years, of Innisfil have been charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Cannabis Act:

  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm x2
  • Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized x2
  • Possession of a restricted firearms with ammunition x2
  • Possession of a firearm obtained by crime x2
  • Careless storage of a firearm x2
  • Careless storage of ammunition x2
  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling

In addition Gonsalves will face three additional charges of breach of recognizance

Gonsalves and Bergman are being held in custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice via video link for the purpose of a bail hearing on Dec.4, 2020.

Jessie Deschamps, 27 years, of Tay Township was charged with the following offences contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 

  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Deschamps was released to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland at a later date.

Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). 

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