Suspicious package leads to various illegal weapons, drug production and possession, and customs charges

BRUCE MINES – A joint investigation into a suspicious package has resulted in various illegal weapons, drug production and possession, and customs charges against several residents of northern Ontario.

On April 8, 2014, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers discovered a package being imported through their Toronto International Mail Centre, believed to have contained prohibited weapons destined for the Bruce Mines area. The CBSA notified their Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau partners to arrange a controlled delivery of the package to its original destination. While executing a search warrant at a Plummer Township residence, police seized brass knuckles and a brass knuckles knife, a quantity of long guns, indoor grow-op equipment, 80 marihuana plants and dried bud.

Members of the OPP Drug Enforcement Unit from Sudbury, the OPP East Algoma Detachment, and the CBSA assisted with the investigation.

Five (5) people have been charged as follows:

Terry Roland BOWERS, 43 years:

  • Importing a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon (x2) as per the Criminal Code (CC);
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon (x2) – CC;
  • Breach of Firearms Regulation- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon (x2) – CC;
  • Produce a Schedule II substance (cannabis marihuana) as per the Controlled Drugs and Substance Acts (CDSA);
  • Possession of a Schedule II substance for the Purpose of Trafficking as per CDSA; and with
  • Possession of illegally imported goods as per the Customs Act.

Tracey Lynne BOWERS, 43 years:

  • Produce a Schedule II substance (cannabis marihuana) as per CDSA;
  • Possession of a Schedule II substance for the Purpose of Trafficking as per CDSA; and with
  • Breach of Firearms Regulation – Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon (x2) as per CC.

Terry Roland BOWERS (Jr.), 22 years:

  • Assault a Peace Officer as per CC; and with
  • Resist Peace Officer as per CC.

Tyler David BOWERS, 21 years:

  • Breach of Firearms Regulation – Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon (x2) as per CC;
  • Produce a Schedule II substance (cannabis marihuana) as per CDSA; and with
  • Possession of a Schedule II substance for the Purpose of Trafficking as per CDSA.

Trystan Ryan BOWERS, 18 years:

  • Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon (x2) as per CC;
  • Breach of Firearms Regulation – Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon (x2) as per CC;
  • Importing a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon (x2) as per CC;
  • Produce a Schedule II substance (cannabis marihuana) as per CDSA;
  • Possession of a Schedule II substance for the Purpose of Trafficking as per CDSA and with
  • Possession of illegally imported goods as per the Customs Act

All of the accused persons have been released on a promise to appear in court on May 1, 2014 in Blind River, Ontario.