Five arrested after Belleville, Tyendinaga drug bust

A major drug bust recently led to the arrest of five suspects from Belleville and Tyendinaga, as well as the seizure of a large amount of cocaine, currency, weapons, and more.

In a media release, Belleville Police say that, in May of 2024, officers with Project Renewal began an investigation into an organized cocaine trafficking syndicate between the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Quinte Region, which police call ‘Project Continental.’

Police explain that, on Thursday, Jun. 6, 2024, officers with Project Renewal, with the assistance of the Belleville Police Emergency Response Unit and K9 Unit, conducted a vehicle stop in the area of Shannonville Road in Tyendinaga Township. Two people were arrested inside the vehicle and a large quantity of cocaine and Canadian currency were located and seized.

Following the vehicle stop, and with the additional assistance of OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and Quinte West Community Street Crime Unit, officers conducted three Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants at two residences in Belleville and one residence in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. An additional vehicle stop was also conducted on Wallbridge-Loyalist Road in Belleville, according to police.

As a result of the investigation, the following items were seized:

  • Two kilograms of cocaine
  • 28 TEC 3 (codeine) pills
  • Approximately $13,500 in Canadian currency
  • A Glock .45-caliber handgun and various ammunition
  • A high capacity drum magazine
  • Brass knuckles
  • Codeine pills
  • Numerous cellphones

The following individuals were charged in this matter. Charges have not been proven in court.

Kurtis Mallette, 28, of Tyendinaga was charged with the following offences:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000
  • Possession of ammunition contrary to a prohibition order

Kody Mallette, 30, of Tyendinaga, was charged with the following offences:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000

Nicole Ferguson, 26, of Belleville was charged with the following offences:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Codeine
  • Possession of proceeds of crime under $5000
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a prohibited device for a dangerous purpose

Dwayne Lawrence, 42, of Belleville was charged with the following offences:

  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammo
  • Carry firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner
  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

Brenda-Lee Casselman, 39, of Belleville was charged with the following offences:

  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearmPossession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammo
  • Carry firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

Nicole Ferguson and Brenda-Lee Casselman were both released on Form 10 Undertakings with a court date of July 8, 2024.

Kurtis Mallette and Kody Mallette were held for bail hearings.

Dwayne Lawrence is being held for a show cause hearing today, Friday, Jun. 7, 2024, at the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse.

This article was first published by Quinteist.

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