OPP officer pleads guilty to theft, drug and firearms charge

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OPP officer pleads guilty to theft, drug and firearms charge

Postby Thomas » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:06 pm

A Leeds County OPP officer has pleaded guilty to theft, drug and firearms charges, including theft of more than $5,000 from the provincial police.

George Duke, a 20-year veteran of the force, pleaded guilty to the six charges in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville this week.

The charges included the theft of more than $5,000, which was the property of the OPP, and one charge of breach of trust in connection with the theft.

He also pleaded guilty to two firearms-related charges: The careless storage of a .22-calibre rifle and the careless storage of ammunition of four different calibres.

Duke also pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession: One for methamphetamine and another for oxycodone.

Justice Kimberley Moore remanded Duke over to March 29.

All of the charges date back to October 31, 2015 when Duke was arrested as part of Project Arrowtown, an 18-month investigation into alleged criminal activity by police officers in Leeds County.

The OPP’s organized crime enforcement and professional standards bureaus, with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, OPP Emergency Response Team and the Montreal police force, conducted Project Arrowtown, which was launched in May 2014 and resulted in the execution of seven search warrants.

The six charges are not Duke’s only brush with the law. In September, he pleaded guilty to assaulting an elderly man during a routine traffic stop.

That incident, involving a 78-year-old Montreal man, occurred just two months before his Project Arrowtown arrests.

Duke was fined $500 on the assault charge.

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