Officers with the Drug Enforcement Unit and Crime Suppression Unit of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, along with the assistance of the Break and Enter Unit have conducted an eight-month long drug investigation dubbed Project OAK.

Project Oak was designed to target and have a significant impact on high-level drug trafficking in the city of Sault Ste. Marie.

On Thursday, August 24th, officers located and arrested 33-year-old Rebecca Gignac and 28-year-old Slawomir Bielawski, both of 158 Third Line East in Sault Ste. Marie in relation to multiple drug related offenses.

After they were taken into custody, on August 25th, officers executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Act search warrant at 158 Third Line East.  As a result of the search officers located and seized a large amount of illicit drugs including;

  • 829g of Crystal Methamphetamine,
  • 258g of Cocaine,
  • 134.5g of Heroin,
  • 22.2g of Powder Fentanyl, and;
  • 180g of Marihuana

The total street value of the illicit drugs seized is in excess of $250,000.

In addition, officers also seized;

  • 2 handguns,
  • Over 200 rounds of related ammunition,
  • Over $20,000 cash, and;
  • Related drug paraphernalia

As a result, 28-year-old Slawomir Bielawski has been charged with;

  • One count of possession of property obtained by crime,
  • 2 counts of careless storage of a firearm,
  • 1 count of careless storage of ammunition,
  • 2 counts unauthorized possession of a firearm,
  • 2 counts of possession of a firearm while knowing it’s possession is unauthorized,
  • 2 counts of possession of ammunition while knowing its possession is unauthorized,
  • 1 count of possession of a weapon obtained by crime,
  • 6 counts of possession of a controlled substance, and;
  • 7 counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

33-year-old Rebecca Gignac has been charged with;

  • 1 count of possession of property obtained by crime,
  • 2 counts of carless storage of a firearm,
  • 1 count of careless storage of ammunition,
  • 2 counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm,
  • 2 counts of possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
  • 2 counts of possession of a firearm without a licence,
  • One count of possession of a weapon obtained by crime,
  • 4 counts possession of a controlled substance, and;
  • 5 counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking

In addition, on August 24th, 2017 officers also charged 38-year-old Brett WARNOCK, 38-year-old Nathan ALBIDONE, both of 28 Hardiman Avenue and 50-year-old Darryl GIGNAC of 115 St. Georges Avenue East with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

The investigation team believes that this is the most significant drug seizure in the history of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.  The result of this seizure will have a strong impact on the drug subculture in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area and will assist in reducing the harm caused by illicit drugs in Sault Ste. Marie.

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