Ugly Crew mem­bers ap­pear in court

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - JA­SON BAIN EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER jabain@post­

Al­leged gang mem­bers and as­so­ciates charged in con­nec­tion with Project Run­way, a month­s­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion that re­sulted in nine ar­rests and the seizure of drugs and guns late last year, will return to court early next month af­ter sev­eral of them ap­peared in court Wed­nes­day.

The ac­cused, in­clud­ing sev­eral who re­main in cus­tody, will return to Pete­bro­r­ough On­tario Court of Jus­tice on March 6 at 2 p.m. for case man­age­ment, a con­fer­ence in­volv­ing lawyers and a judge that aims to stream­line pro­ceed­ings.

Project Run­way net­ted the core and leader of a high-risk, lo­cal but Greater Toronto Area-sup­plied group known as “the Ugly Crew” and its as­so­ciates, po­lice said. Nine war­rants were is­sued – eight in Peter­bor­ough and one in Toronto – on Dec. 15.

City po­lice went on to ar­rest a to­tal of 21 peo­ple and lay 150 charges as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Insp. Larry Charm­ley said Wed­nes­day.

Eight firearms, more than $113,000 in cash, a ve­hi­cle, 5.6 kilo­grams of co­caine, 8.1 kg of mar­i­juana, 1 kg of hash, 316 grams of crys­tal metham­phetamine and 149 grams of heroin were seized.

The Crown is anx­ious to move the mat­ter for­ward and in­tends to shape its case dur­ing the case man­age­ment con­fer­ence, court heard Wed­nes­day as prose­cu­tors sought to de­ter­mine how many of the ac­cused had hired lawyers and who in­tended to rep­re­sent them­selves.

City lawyers Dave Mc­Fad­den, Joleen Hi­land, Ray Gem­mill of Lind­say and Toronto’s Stephen Proudlove, Sonya Shikhman and Tal­man Rodocker are among those re­tained, or in the process of be­ing re­tained, court heard.

In-cus­tody ac­cused Justin Boyer of Toronto, Jonathan Morn­ingstar of Ray­mond St. and Ja­son Brown of Col­li­son Ave. ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Robert Beninger on Wed­nes­day, as did Matthew Kel­lough-Gar­rett of Parkhill Rd. W, who is free on bail.

Ai­dan Nyen­huis of Parkhill Rd. W did not ap­pear as sched­uled Wed­nes­day. His mat­ter was ad­journed un­til Fri­day, when it will be also resched­uled un­til March 6. A bench war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest, with dis­cre­tion, mean­ing it will be re­scinded if he ap­pears Fri­day.

Other co-ac­cused were not in court Wed­nes­day, but coun­sel ap­peared on their be­half in what is known as an ap­pear­ance by des­ig­na­tion.

Boyer was charged with two counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing (co­caine and metham­phetamine), pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana and three counts of pos­ses­sion of the pro­ceeds of crime.

Morn­ingstar was charged with five counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing (co­caine and mar­i­juana), pos­ses­sion of the pro­ceeds of crime ex­ceed­ing $5,000 and breach of re­cog­ni­zance.

Brown was charged with pos­ses­sion of co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, pro­ceeds of crime ex­ceed­ing $5,000, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, care­less stor­age of am­mu­ni­tion and pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion con­trary to pro­hi­bi­tion or­der.

Kel­lough-Gar­rett was charged with four counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing (co­caine and mar­i­juana) and pos­ses­sion of the pro­ceeds of crime ex­ceed­ing $5,000.

Nyen­huis was charged with four counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing (co­caine and mar­i­juana) and two counts of breach of pro­ba­tion.

The Crown also sought to sched­ule a date for a ju­di­cial pre­trial, a hear­ing usu­ally held be­hind closed doors that gen­er­ally aims to re­solve le­gal is­sues, be­yond the next court date. The re­quest was de­nied by Beninger, who cited that would go against lo­cal pro­ce­dure.

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