Three Oshawa court officers bitten by Pickering drug dealer

A cellblock disturbance at the provincial court house resulted in three special constables being injured and a Pickering man charged with smuggling almost $2,000 in drugs into the facility.

On Wednesday May 11, 2011 at approximately 10:00 a.m. a disturbance broke out within the cellblock section of the Durham Consolidated Court House on Bond Street in downtown Oshawa. The disturbance began when special constables observed the prisoner behaving suspiciously in his cell and believed him to be in possession of illicit drugs. Two special constables approached the prisoner in their efforts to investigate further and became involved in a physical altercation attempting to arrest the prisoner and seize the drugs. While attempting to handcuff and control the suspect, all three special constables were bitten and required medical treatment. The suspect was eventually arrested and charged. The suspect was given medical attention as a precaution.

The special constables are receiving all necessary medical treatment as a precaution for their non-life-threatening injuries. The drugs seized included 11.5 grams of marihuana; 19 Oxycotin tablets; 0.8 grams of cannabis resin and 13 grams of powder cocaine. The street value of the drugs is $1,935. The accused was also in possession of a lighter upon arrest. He was to appear in court that day on previous charges of breaching his undertaking.

A 29-year-old male resident of Pickering is charged with: Assault Peace Officer Cause Bodily Harm x3; Assault Peace Officer x2; Possession of Controlled Substance x4, Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x2 and Breach Probation. The accused was held for a bail hearing.

The DRPS has launched an investigation as to how the prisoner was able to bring drugs into the cellblock

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