Fentanyl in powder form seized. Two face charges.

Fentanyl in powder form seized. Two face charges.

Early this morning, following an ongoing Controlled Drugs and Substances Act investigation and the execution of a search warrant at a residence on the 400 block of Main Street East, North Bay Police Service officers arrested and charged:

Joseph Daniel Beaulieu, age 35, of North Bay with:

  • Three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking; and
  • One count of possession of property obtained by crime.

Stephanie Anna Maria Molyneaux, age 25, of North Bay with:

  • Three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking; and
  • One count of possession of property obtained by crime.

As a result of the search, police seized as evidence:

  • 2 grams of fentanyl powder;
  • 22.5 grams of shatter;
  • 100 grams of marijuana; and
  • $2,190 in Canadian currency.

The total estimated street value of the drugs seized is $3,125.

Both accused were released from custody with court appearances scheduled for January 10th, 2017.

Public advisory about bootleg fentanyl
In August 2016, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police issued an advisory warning the public of the increase in reports of the presence of bootleg fentanyl in illicit drug markets across Ontario. Bootleg fentanyl is a high-dose, illicit opioid much more toxic than morphine, produced and distributed by the black market, and distinct from pharmaceutically-produced fentanyl patches.

Bootleg fentanyl, found in pill, powder or liquor forms, is extremely dangerous. The drug is sometimes added to another street drug, such as cocaine, marijuana or heroin, often without the buyer’s knowledge. The drug’s potency is so strong that a very small amount—equivalent to a few grains of salt—can be fatal. For more information, visit facethefentanyl.ca

Near North Crime Stoppers Reward
In order to assist local police in preventing the illegal use and trafficking of Fentanyl in our community, Near North Crime Stoppers will pay a guaranteed $1000 reward, during the month of December 2016, for information leading to the seizure of Fentanyl and/or the arrest of individuals involved in trafficking Fentanyl. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by submitting a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.