Counterfeit American money found throughout Kenora

Police briefs

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn local businesses of fake United States (US) currency in the Kenora area.

Police received two separate calls on October 26 and 27, 2020 advising of people trying to use counterfeit $100 US currency at local businesses.

On Monday October 26, 2020 the Kenora OPP received a Fraud call in the East end of town. Police responded and were advised that 2 people had attended a business and paid with $100 US bill that was later identified as Counterfeit. This incident is still under investigation.

On October 27, 2020 the Kenora OPP received a second Fraud call to a business on Second Street in the City of Kenora. Police responded and were advised that a person tried to pay with a fake $100 US bill. As a result of this incident a 32 year-old Kenora man was arrested and charged with: Uttering Counterfeit Money-utter; Possession of a Schedule I Substance-Opioid(other than heroin).

The accused is to appear at the Kenora Court house on December 17, 2020 to answer to the charges.

Anyone with information regarding this is asked to call the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 807-548-5534.


More than 122,000 illegal cannabis plants have been seized across Ontario since July, in a sweeping investigation into the diversion of medical marijuana into the illegal market.

OPP Regional Community Street Crime Units (CSCU), along with members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) have seized over $143 million in cannabis and 195 arrests have been made in the takedown of several criminal enterprises exploiting the Health Canada medical, personal and designate cannabis production regime.

The targets were involved with large-scale, sophisticated illegal cannabis production, sale and distribution operations. These criminal enterprises exploit Health Canada registrations to produce or designate someone to produce cannabis for medical purposes by diverting cannabis authorized to be grown for medical purposes to the illegal market.

“Organized crime is firmly entrenched in the production, distribution and sale of illegal cannabis. These criminals continue to exploit the Health Canada medical cannabis personal and designate production regime by diverting the cannabis to the illegal market. From concerns regarding public safety and environmental contamination, to human trafficking, the impacts that these large scale criminal cannabis production sites have on our communities cannot be understated,” says Detective Inspector Jim Walker, OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team.

From July 1 to Oct. 15, investigators executed 52 warrants across Ontario and laid 327 federal Cannabis Act and Criminal Code charges from Possession of Cannabis for the Purposes of Selling to Careless Storage of a Firearm. The OPP seized over 122,000 cannabis plants from 52 large-volume illegal operations – 7,000 plants from one site alone. It also seized 36 firearms, and $514,800 in proceeds of crime. Of the 52 warrants executed, 25 were in the Central region, 24 in the East region, and three in the west region. None were in the Northwest region.

The Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Teams (PJFCET), responsible for enforcing the cannabis laws and investigating criminal enterprises that exploit or abuse the legal cannabis market, provided support in some of the investigations.