THUNDER BAY - An Alberta man facing charges of drug trafficking has been granted bail following his arrest more than a month ago in the city.
Farhan Awaleh will be released from custody once a $2,000 bail cash deposit is made to an Ontario courthouse and his surety or someone approved by his surety is able to fly to Thunder Bay in order to escort him back to Edmonton, Alta.
The 26-year-old was arrested in early September after Thunder Bay police responded to a John Street address following reports that a group of unwanted males were inside a home in the early morning hours of Sept. 7. When police arrived they learned two of the males were from out of town and suspected to be in the city for drug trafficking.
When police entered the home they saw two men attempting to destroy suspected cocaine. One man was in possession of suspected Oxycodone. Officers also found cash and drug trafficking paraphernalia.
Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon delivered her decision on Awaleh’s bail application on Thursday, Oct. 8 where she granted him to be released from custody.
Some of his conditions will require the accused to reside with his surety in Alberta and remain inside his residence at all times except for medical emergencies. He cannot have any contact with any of his co-accused, Noel Perez, Djilani Hamza and Scott Shapwaykeesic.
He also cannot be in the city of Thunder Bay except for court purposes. When he is in Thunder Bay for court, he cannot be within 100-metres of the John Street residence where he was arrested. His surety also pledged a non-deposit bail amount of $2,000 for Awaleh’s release. Awaleh must also stay away from drugs and weapons.
Awaleh's charges include one count of unlawfully in a dwelling, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of oxycodone for the purpose of trafficking and obstructing a peace officer.
He is scheduled to return to court later this month.
Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source