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Opp Officer Charged Following Drug Raid


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A longtime local OPP officer, now working in northern Ontario, is charged following a drug raid by the provincial police near Thunder Bay.

Det.-Const. Lynn MacKay, who worked in London for years under her married name, Lynn Pretty, before joining the Nipigon OPP, was charged along with her boyfriend following an Oct. 5 raid on a house that netted $6,000 worth of marijuana.

"Certainly, cases such as this are dealt with . . . in a very professional way to ensure the integrity of the investigation," said Sgt. Deb Tully of the OPP's northwest region headquarters.

"She's been in the ( Thunder Bay ) region for one year."

Before that, MacKay, a 17-year OPP veteran, spent more than a decade with the provincial police in the London area, working as a firearms expert.

MacKay was suspended from duty under the Police Services Act following the drug raid at a home near Nipigon, east of Thunder Bay.

Officers seized dried marijuana, marijuana plants and hydroponic growing equipment, police said.

Two people living at the home were arrested.

The OPP's professional standards branch is conducting an internal investigation "parallel to the criminal investigation," police said.

MacKay and Kenny Byram, 28, are charged with production and possession of a controlled substance. Both were released from custody and are to appear in court Nov. 5.

Attempts to reach MacKay were unsuccessful.

Calls to the local OPP for comment were not returned.

Source: London Free Press (CN ON)
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