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ATIKOKAN, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  September 28, 2022 (LSNews)  Constable Brittany Bembeneck stated in a media release An investigation into drug trafficking in the Atikokan area, has resulted in multiple arrests and charges.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a residence in the Town of Atikokan on September 26, 2022. The investigation resulted in the arrest of three people and the seizure of suspected illicit substances, including cocaine and fentanyl, Canadian currency and items associated with drug trafficking.

Rodney BENJAMIN, 37 years-old, of Atikokan, Ontario, Sherquan REMY, 19 years-old, of Toronto, Ontario and Amanda MALENFANT, 40 years-old, of Atikokan, Ontario have each been arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking - Cocaine contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking - Opioid - contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

The first two accused remain in custody and are schedule to appear in front of the Ontario Court of Justice - Kenora Regional Bail court on September 27, 2022. The third accused was released by way of a Form 10 release document and is scheduled to appear in front of the Ontario Court of Justice - Atikokan on November 16, 2022.

Assisting in the investigation were members of the OPP's Rainy River District Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, members of the Rainy River District OPP Detachment, the Provincial Guns and Gang Unit, the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and an OPP Canine Unit.

If you have any information about the trafficking of illicit drugs, call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or report online through , where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North West Region (NWR) serves an area of 478,606 square kilometers. Our jurisdiction extends from the eastern border of Manitoba to the northern border of the State of Minnesota, to Hudson’s Bay in the north and White River to the east. The region includes three districts (Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay) and is divided between eastern and central time zones. This region is served by approximately 500 uniformed officers  based out of 9 detachments and 10 satellite locations

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Murders Thunder Bay vs other Ontario Cities

Thunder Bay maintained its title as the murder capital of Canada in 2018,  For the third consecutive year - and the fourth time in the last five years

 It has been announced again that Thunder Bay is the Murder Capital of Canada for 2018 in Canada for CMAs with populations between 100,000 to less than 500,000 people

Thunder Bay had the highest rate in that category with 6.38 homicides per 100,000.
Barrie with zero
St. Catharines–Niagara  Region with 0.42


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It’s made Thunder Bay the highest per capita opioid death rate in Ontario.

The 44 deaths were a 40 per cent increase from 2017, a year in which Thunder Bay also held the highest provincial rate.

Between July 2017 and June 2018, nearly 3,900 naloxone kits were handed out by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and local pharmacies, 



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Greater Sudbury's murder rate is  remains one of the lowest in Canada. murder rate was 0.61 per 100,000 people

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