Police charge Thunder Bay man with conspiracy to murder
A Thunder Bay man already facing charges related to drug trafficking has now been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
John Harry Tsekouras, 39, was arrested Wednesday when he was checking in at police headquarters as part of previous conditions, Thunder Bay police said.
Tsekouras was originally charged in April of last year with trafficking cocaine and marijuana. He was also charged with being the director of a criminal organization. At the time, police said they had dismantled one of northwestern Ontario's most significant crime rings and drug-trafficking networks.
Tsekouras and five other Thunder Bay men were arrested after a two-year undercover investigation called Project Dolphin, which led to the seizure of $2 million in illicit drugs and close to $500,000 in cash and property.
Charges connected to Project Dolphin
The new charges against Tsekouras include conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to traffic drugs.
The murder and kidnapping plot was related to drug trafficking, police said, and involved a man from outside Canada between 2009 and 2010, but the plot was never carried out.
Three other individuals previously charged under Project Dolphin also face additional charges. Tsekouras and the other accused are being held in custody pending court appearances this week and next week.
Thunder Bay police spokesperson Chris Adams said all the charges are also connected to Project Dolphin.
Police allege the criminal organization had supply and distribution contacts with other criminal enterprises, including Hells Angels and other organized crime groups in western Canada and Montreal.