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Six suspects face 51 drug and weapons related charges

Project Blackbird was a three-month investigation focused on the distribution of illegal drugs through the Greater Simcoe County area
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NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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Several residents of central Ontario face numerous charges following a three-month investigation focused on the distribution of illegal drugs through the Greater Simcoe County area.

Project Blackbird began in September 2017 as a joint Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigation with the Barrie Police Service including the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), OPP Central Region Community Street Crime Unit and Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau.

Search warrants were executed earlier this week by members of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit and Emergency Response Team and the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit. During the investigation police seized:
    •    Quantities of cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, GHB, cannabis marihuana and cannabis resin with an approximate street value of $120,000;
    •    Two handguns with ammunition;
    •    One replica handgun;
    •    One knife (prohibited weapon);
    •    Approximately $55,000 currency as proceeds of crime; and,
    •    One automobile.

Six people have been charged with a total of 51 offences contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC). Names of the accused persons, their respective charges, and place of residence are (below). The accused persons are expected to appear at Ontario Courts of Justice at various locations and dates. The investigation continues.

Charged persons Project Blackbird

Chance Kay, 28, Muskoka Lakes Twp.
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine - 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cannabis marijuana - 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession of cannabis marijuana – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession of cocaine – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession of cannabis resin – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession of a prohibited weapon – 92(2) CCC
    •    Possession of a weapon while prohibited – 117.01(1) CCC
    •    Possession of property obtained by crime – under $5,000 – 354(1)(a) CCC

Krista Chambers, 34, Muskoka Lakes Twp.
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine - 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cannabis marijuana - 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession – cocaine – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession – cannabis resin – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession – cannabis marijuana – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession of a prohibited weapon – 92(2) CCC
    •    Obstruct a peace officer – 129(a) CCC
    •    Possession of property obtained by crime – under $5,000 - 354(1)(a) CCC

Symon Pryjma, 45, Oro-Medonte Twp.
    •    Trafficking Cocaine – 5(1) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine - 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cannabis marijuana - 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession of oxycodone – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession of property obtained by crime – over $5000 – 354(1)(a) CCC
    •    Possession of property obtained by crime – under $5,000 – 354(1)(a) CCC

Mike Rightmeyer, 45, Queensville
    •    Possession of Cocaine – 4(1) CDSA

Marvin Turner, 26, Barrie
    •    Trafficking in cocaine – 5(1) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine – 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – fentanyl – 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – heroin – 5(2)
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – GHB – 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Oxycodone – 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession of cannabis marijuana – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession of a firearm with ammunition – 95(1)(a) CCC
    •    Possession of a firearm with ammunition – 95(1)(a) CCC
    •    Possession of property obtained by crime – 354(1)(a) CCC
    •    Careless storage of a firearm – 86(1) CCC
    •    Careless storage of a firearm – 86(1) CCC
    •    Unauthorized possession of a firearm – 91(2) CCC
    •    Unauthorized possession of a firearm – 91(2) CCC

Sarah Tawse, 32, Barrie
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine – 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – fentanyl – 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – heroin – 5(2)
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – GHB – 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Oxycodone – 5(2) CDSA
    •    Possession of cannabis marijuana – 4(1) CDSA
    •    Possession of a firearm with ammunition – 95(1)(a) CCC
    •    Possession of a firearm with ammunition – 95(1)(a) CCC
    •    Possession of property obtained by crime – 354(1)(a) CCC
    •    Careless storage of a firearm – 86(1) CCC
    •    Careless storage of a firearm – 86(1) CCC
    •    Unauthorized possession of a firearm – 91(2) CCC
    •    Unauthorized possession of a firearm – 91(2) CCC

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