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Seven alleged drug traffickers to remain in custody awaiting bail

Four youth and three men are all facing charges following a drug bust at an Ambrose Street residence.
Thunder Bay Courthouse (Matt Vis,

THUNDER BAY - A total of seven people are facing a raft of drug trafficking offences following a drug raid on Sunday evening.

Police received reports on Sunday night regarding an Ambrose Street residence that had been taken over by a group of drug traffickers, according to a police media release.

Police say an investigation at the residence resulted in the seizure of suspected crack cocaine with a value of $9,000 and cash believed to be more than $5,000.

On Monday, four youth from the Greater Toronto area ranging in ages from 15 to 17 and three men made their first court appearances before a justice of the peace.

The teenagers facing charges cannot be named due to provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The teens all face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, proceeds of crime over $5,000 being unlawfully in a dwelling and mischief under $5,000 as well as breach offences.

Javoi Elwood, 18, of Toronto, James Waboose, 35, of Thunder Bay and Brendan Gravelle-Sonego, 23 each face charges of possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, proceeds of crime under $5,000, mischief under $5,000 and being unlawfully in a dwelling.

Federal Crown attorney Ron Poirier did not consent to the release of any of the seven accused on Monday.

All seven were remanded to court dates later this week for bail planning.


Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Karen Edwards reports on court and crime under the Local Journalism initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada.
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