On January 8, 2016 the Sault Ste. Marie Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) executed a search warrant which led to the seizure of 3.6 kilograms of suspected cocaine, heroin, meth-amphetamines, steroids, and currency. This seizure provided evidence of steroid production. Three vehicles were also seized as offence related property. As a result of this investigation two local men were arrested.
The investigation dubbed Project OTamper commenced in 2014 when RCMP learned of a personal trainer who was alleged to be trafficking imported steroids. During the investigation it was determined that the personal trainer was also trafficking cocaine. The above noted seizure is a significant disruption to the drug supply in the Sault Ste. Marie region.
The RCMP have charged the following individuals:
Christopher Ryan MUNCASTER (34) of Sault Ste. Marie, with:
- Importing a controlled substance contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
- Trafficking a controlled substance (six counts) contrary to the CDSA,
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking (four counts) contrary to the CDSA,
- Production of a controlled substance contrary to the CDSA,
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 contrary to the Criminal Code.
Richard Paul HURLEY (39) of Sault Ste. Marie, with:
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the CDSA,
- Resisting arrest contrary to the Criminal Code.
The accused were scheduled to appear in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Court of Justice on Monday, January 11, 2016. The investigation is continuing.
“The RCMP is determined to reduce the total harmful effects caused by organized crime by disrupting the supplies of illicit drugs. The result of this investigation demonstrates how the RCMP and its partner agencies work effectively together to keep illicit drugs out of our communities.”