On October 6, 2017, as a result of an investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Service, 2 men including NRPS Constable Mark Taks were arrested. 

Chief Bryan MacCulloch maintains his commitment to being accountable and transparent to not only the public but members of the NRPS as well. 

“When these allegations first surfaced, our detectives immediately launched a thorough and exhaustive investigation.  Our officers work tirelessly to maintain the trust of the public and when that is shaken, we are all impacted.  The vast majority of our officers are dedicated to public safety; when one of our own in any way violates the public trust, it will not be tolerated.  It is important to note, no one is above the law and all of our members are accountable for their actions at all times.” 

In May of 2017, the NRPS initiated an investigation into the trafficking of narcotics in the Niagara and Stoney Creek area. 

The investigation probed the trafficking of steroids and other narcotics including cocaine, marihuana and prescription medication. 

On October 6, 2017, the conclusion of the investigation resulted in the arrest of two men. 

25 year old Constable Mark Taks, of Stoney Creek, has been charged with:

Conspiracy to traffic schedule I substances (cocaine, Adderall and codeine)
Conspiracy to traffic schedule II substances (Marihuana)
Conspiracy to traffic schedule IV substances (Steroids and Xanax)
Trafficking a schedule IV substance (Xanax)
Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
Possession of marihuana for the purpose of trafficking
Possession of MDMA
Possession of Adderall
Fail to comply with Recognizance 

The alleged offences occurred while the officer was off duty. 

A second man was also arrested and charged on October 6, 2017 as a result of this investigation.

25 year old Mohammed Awija, of Ottawa, has been charged with:

Conspiracy to traffic schedule I substances (cocaine, Adderall and codeine)
Conspiracy to traffic schedule II substances (Marihuana)
Conspiracy to traffic schedule IV substances (Steroids and Xanax)
Possession of marihuana for the purpose of trafficking
Possession of MDMA for the purpose of trafficking 

Constable Taks and Awija are being held in custody pending a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice on Saturday October 7, 2017 via video link at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton.

Constable Taks has been a police officer with the NRPS for 2 years, and at the time of the alleged offences had been assigned to administrative duties.

In accordance with the Police Services Act of Ontario, Constable Taks has been suspended with pay.