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Project Marble Drug Bust - CJ Goater

9 Thunder Bay residents charged in record drug bust

By CJ Goater Feb 7, 2024 | 2:17 PM

The Thunder Bay Police Service has announced the results of Project Marble.

This major drug-trafficking investigation began in January 2023 and led to several search warrants being executed last week with multiple arrests.

On Friday and Saturday, members of the Thunder Bay Police Service, along with assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Toronto Police Service, and Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, executed search warrants at seven addresses in Thunder Bay, and one residence in the Greater Toronto Area.

Those searches included:

  • A residence in the 2300 block of King George’s Park Drive
  • A residence in the 100 block of Pine Street
  • A residence in the 200 block of Theresa Street
  • A residence in the 400 block of Donald Street West
  • A residence in the 400 block of Leland Avenue South
  • A residence in the 1600 block of Euclid Avenue
  • A hotel room in Thunder Bay

Nine people were arrested and face more than 50 charges. They have all been remanded into custody with future court appearance dates.

As a result, police made the following seizures:

  • Illicit substances with an estimated street value of about $2 million, including nearly 20 kilograms of cocaine
  • More than $1 million worth of property including vehicles and luxury watches, jewelry, and clothing
  • More than $100,000 in currency
  • 4 handguns

Project Marble Drug Bust – CJ Goater

Project Marble Drug Bust – CJ Goater

Project Marble Drug Bust – CJ Goater

Project Marble Drug Bust – CJ Goater

Project Marble Drug Bust – CJ Goater

The seizure of nearly 20kg of cocaine set the record for the largest cocaine bust in city history.

The investigation received support from the Ontario Provincial Police, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Toronto Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, Calgary Police Service, and Fintrac.

Project Marble was financially supported through funding provided by the Ontario Government and Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario providing a year-long joint drug trafficking investigation.

TBPS made it clear that the investigation into the matter is still ongoing and it is expected that more charges will be laid in the future.