A three-month investigation by the OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau has four men facing multiple drug trafficking and weapons charges.
In a statement released Tuesday, police say the investigation dubbed “Project Bendigo” ended in West Nipissing with the seizure of 2,000 fentanyl pills and 5,000 methamphetamine pills worth $162,600 on the street.
Aided by the OPP’s Canine and Emergency Response Units as well as the West Nipissing Police Service, the OCEB also found a credit card making device with several hundred blank credit cards and blank smart cards.
While the drugs seized were not believed to be headed to the Parry Sound area, Detective Sergeant Chris Miller of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau North says the increased presence of fentanyl should be of concern to everyone in the region.
Charged with drug possession and trafficking, and possession of credit card instruments is 21-year-old of Keith McKee of Field, Ontario. He remains in custody
Police also charged McKee’s father, 54-year-old Michael McKee with careless storage of a firearm and ammunition. He was released with a Promise to Appear in North Bay court.
Also charged with drug trafficking and released with a Promise to Appear is 29-year-old Yves Brosseau of Field, Ontario.
A 33-year-old man from Quebec was also arrested at the scene.
Jonathan Rivest of Terre-Bonne is charged with two counts of possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of a credit card device.
He also remains in custody pending a bail hearing.