Second Coppertone Sentencing
June 7th, 2019 - A second court case has been settled as the result of "Project
Thirty three year old Andrew Ryan Dwyer of St. Thomas has been sentenced to nine
years in federal prison after pleading guilty to several drug related charges in
relation to Project Coppertone along with additional drug charges out of London.
Dwyer's arrest was one of the many made by members of the Street Crimes Unit during
a nine month crime sweep of the city that ended in October of 2018. At the end of
the project, dozens of arrests were made, half a million dollars worth of crystal
methamphetamine, cocaine and purple fentanyl was seized by police along with tens
of thousand of dollars in cash and weapons.
Dwyer was charged by the Street Crimes Unit of the St. Thomas Police Service with
five counts of Drug Trafficking.
Stolen Bank Statements
A thirty three year old St. Thomas man was arrested yesterday around the noon hour
after he presented an account statement to a bank clerk and demanded the balance
be withdrawn. The bank employee knew the male did not work for the business and
contacted police. Officers arrived on scene and discovered the man had allegedly
stolen the statement from the business mailbox and attempted to withdraw money.
The man was taken into custody without incident and charged one count Possession
of Stolen Property and one count Breach of Release Conditions. He was later released
on a Promise to Appear in Court.
A twenty three year old St. Thomas woman wanted on a warrant turned herself in at
the Colin McGregor Justice Building yesterday afternoon. The bench warrant was issued
after the woman failed to attend her court date to answer to charges of two counts
Assault and three counts Breach of Release Conditions. The charges were laid by
St. Thomas Police Officers in connection to an incident that happened just over
a year ago in May of 2018. The woman was taken into custody without incident for
processing and later released on a Promise to Appear in Court.
An eighteen year old Goderich teen wanted on a warrant by STPS was arrested yesterday
by Ontario Provincial Police. Officers from the Huron Detachment were dealing with
the teen on an unrelated matter when they discovered she was wanted. The teen was
taken into custody without incident and transported to St. Thomas. She was held
at the Colin McGregor Justice Building for court. The bench warrant was issued after
the teen failed to attend her court date. She is currently charged two counts Breach
of Release Conditions, one count Obstruct Police, two counts Drug Possession, one
count Theft Under $5000, one count Possession of Break and Enter Tools, two counts
Fail to Attend Court that date back to an incident in March of 2018 when officers
arrested the female after stopping a stolen vehicle.
Thirty nine year old Corey Spizawka of St. Thomas was arrested yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 pm. Officers on patrol saw Spizawka on Parkside Drive and recognized
him as being wanted on a warrant for six counts Breach of Release Conditions and
two counts Theft Under $5000. As officers placed him under arrest, Spizawka took
off running. A short foot chase ensued ending just inside Pinafore Park. After Spizawka
was taken into custody Officers located a syringe loaded with purple Fentanyl and
several hydromorphone pills. Street value of the illicit drugs is around $170. As
a result Spizawka is also charged one count Escape Lawful Custody, two counts Drug
Possession and one count Breach of Release Conditions. He was held for court.
A twenty seven year old St. Thomas woman was arrested yesterday evening around 5:30
pm after trying to break into the mailbox at her Gladstone Ave apartment. The woman
was charged one count of Mischief Under $5000 after damaging the mailbox with a
crow bar and hammer. The woman was allegedly trying to retrieve her Ontario Works
cheque after losing the key.
A sixty one year old St. Thomas man was arrested on Talbot Street last night around
8 pm after being belligerent to a cab driver. The intoxicated male was picked up
at a downtown bar and was being driven to his destination when he started yelling
at the driver. The driver pulled over and order the man out of the cab. The man
refused to pay the fare and police were called. The man was taken into custody without
incident, held at the Colin McGregor Justice Building until sober and fined for
being Intoxicated in a Public Place. He later payed the cab fare and was released.