Updated: Bail hearing expected next week for Ontario men

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Roughly 50 pounds of Canadian currency estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and five pounds of marijuana was seized in an RCMP/RNC investigation Wednesday.

A pair of Ontario men will spend at least the weekend in jail in western Newfoundland following their arrest with a substantial amount of cash Wednesday.

The money valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars weighed 50 pounds, and police also seized five pounds of marijuana.

In an investigation known as Operation Backstop the RCMP’s Federal Policing Operations West — Corner Brook and the Corner Brook RNC conducted a takedown and executed search warrants in relation to the investigation. The investigation has been ongoing since 2012 in co-operation with Corner Brook RNC and RCMP Serious and Organized Crime Unit in Cornwall, Ontario.

Four men were arrested on numerous charges including conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, money laundering and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Two residents of Benoit’s Cove, Terrence Gallant and Bruce Hickey, were charged and released before a judge on a recognizance Thursday.

Meanwhile, Jean-Paul Mondoux and Andre Seguin of Ontario made their first appearance in provincial court in Corner Brook Friday afternoon. Local duty counsel lawyer John Regan was assisting the men in preparing their representation for a bail hearing. The men may be represented by private counsel when they appear next week for what is anticipated to be a bail hearing.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Royal Newfoundland constabulary seized 50 pounds of Canadian currency and about five pounds of marijuana on Wednesday.

The money seized is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In an investigation known as Operation Backstop the RCMP’s Federal Policing Operations West — Corner Brook and the Corner Brook RNC conducted a takedown and executed search warrants in relation to the investigation. The investigation has been ongoing since 2012 in co-operation with Corner Brook RNC and RCMP Serious and Organized Crime Unit in Cornwall, Ontario.

Four men were arrested on numerous charges including conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, money laundering and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Two residents of Benoit’s Cove, Terrence Gallant and Bruce Hickey, were charged and released before a judge on a recognizance Thursday. Meanwhile, Jean-Paul Mondoux and Andre Seguin of Ontario are scheduled to appear in Corner Brook Provincial Court for a bail hearing this afternoon.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Royal Newfoundland

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Cornwall, Ontario

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  • Dylan Thomas
    March 23, 2014 - 20:27

    Yeah, way to go! You got paid to put a stop to a victimless crime based on an outdated law! I love that my tax money goes to this and rather than education. This helps everyone a lot. Just think of how much money we'll save by housing these men in jail for numerous years as opposed to letting them stimulate the economy! I'm glad these non violent businessmen will finally be dealt with. I'm sick of them not bothering me at all.

  • Peter Rowsell
    March 21, 2014 - 23:24

    Great job boys; say .... Who killed Dana Bradbury anyway? Did you find the money Harper lost? Mm . What about Walin? Maybe Duffy? Ok, you guys aremy heroes!

  • kevin barry
    March 21, 2014 - 19:14

    these cops are going to have a ball with all that cash