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Three arrested, cocaine seized during Victoria Avenue East drug bust

Police say street value of drugs seized is estimated at nearly $65,000
Thunder Bay Police Service

THUNDER BAY — City police seized what they described as a significant quantity of cocaine during a Thursday evening drug bust.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers executed a search warrant at a residential address on the 1200 block of Victoria Avenue East as a result of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking activity.

Three suspects were located and placed under arrest. A search of the home led officers to find suspected crack cocaine, cash and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

Police said the estimated street value of the drugs is nearly $65,000, while the cash seized totalled nearly $8,000.

The three accused — 42-year-old Steven James Kozak, 33-year-old Jessica Royleen Raven, and 28-year-old Nicholas Chrishane Smith — are each charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Kozak and Raven are from Thunder Bay, while Smith is from Brampton, Ont.

All three appeared in court on Friday and remain in custody with future appearance dates scheduled.

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