A two-month covert investigation came to an end last Friday. Officers of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the Fort Frances Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Provincial Operation Intelligence Bureau (POIB), and Treaty Three Police Service executed multiple search warrants at several addresses in Fort Frances in the early morning hours of June 24, 2021.

The covert investigation called “Project Jules” was an attempt to isolate the serious drug overdose issues in the Rainy River District.

“The Rainy River District Detachment is committed to working with our community partners with further education and the ongoing development of new drug prevention strategies. I commend our officers for their outstanding work on Project Jules and the positive impact it will have on our community." Acting Rainy River District Detachment Commander Dereck Mclean.

In the drug bust police seized over $70,000 in cash, numerous drugs including Cocaine, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, and Crystal Meth with a total street value of just under $500,000. Several weapons including a shotgun and replica handgun were found.

A total of 12 search warrants were executed resulting in 69 charges. Those arrested and charged include:

27-year-old Bryant Acheampong of Fort Frances, charged with:

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (cocaine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code. X 2 counts

  • Fail to comply with release order contrary to section 145(5) (a) of the Criminal Code.

  • Trafficking of Schedule 1 (Fentanyl) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Achmeapong has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 

30-year-old Ashley Gauthier of Fort Frances, charged with:

  • Trafficking of Schedule 1 (Fentanyl) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code. X 3 counts

  • Theft under $5000 contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code

  • Fail to comply with release order contrary to section 145(5) (a) of the Criminal Code.

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (cocaine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Gauthier has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 

38-year-old Leah Hunter of Rainy River First Nation, charged with:

  • Trafficking of Schedule 1 (Fentanyl) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code. X 2 counts

  • Theft under $5000 contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code

  • Carry a Weapon contrary to section 88 of the Criminal Code

Hunter has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 

60-year-old Kim Byeong of Fort Frances, charged with:

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (cocaine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.

Byeong was released from custody with a future court date of 19 July 2021 at the Fort Frances Ontario Court of Justice.

 

57-year-old Timothy Mainville of Couchiching First Nation, charged with:

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (cocaine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.

  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm contrary to section 92(1) of the Criminal Code.

  • Careless storage of a firearm contrary to section 86(1) of the Criminal Code.

Mainville was released from custody with a future court date of 26 July 2021 at the Fort Frances Ontario Court of Justice.

 

24-year-old Katelynn Meline of Fort Frances, charged with:

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (cocaine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.

    Meline was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

27-year-old Stuart Sangster of La Vallee Twp., charged with:

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (cocaine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.

Sangster was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 

30-year-old Adream Spoon of Fort Frances, charged with:

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (cocaine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.

    Spoon was held in custody pending a bail hearing.


 

26-year-old Scot Tolgoni of Atikokan, charged with:

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (cocaine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to section 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.

Tolgoni was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 

23-year-old Fawn Perrault of Big Grassy First Nation, charged with:

  • Fail to comply with release order contrary to section 145(5)(a) of the Criminal Code

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (methamphetamine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Perrault was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

 

33-year-old Kayla Copenace of Big Grassy First Nation, charged with:

  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 (methamphetamine) contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. X 2 counts

Copenace was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Any person with information regarding this investigation should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.