Guns, drugs seized in Pickering with Kutsukake family

Guns, drugs seized in Pickering

Apr 20, 2007 – 12:00 AM

By Jeff Mitchell

PICKERING — Four members of one family are facing dozens of charges after an investigation into suspected trafficking led them to a huge cache of guns and drugs Wednesday night.

Durham police seized a loaded 9-mm handgun and a restricted assault rifle during the initial bust at a subsequent search of a home in central Pickering. It’s estimated the street value of drugs seized — including marijuana, cocaine and heroin — exceeds $40,000, police said.

The incident began when cops from the Ajax-Pickering community resource unit moved in on a man suspected of dealing drugs near a residence on Brookshire Square, east of Fairport Road. The suspect bolted, tossing away a loaded Beretta 9-mm with a laser sight that was recovered.

Officers caught up to the man and took him into custody after a brief struggle. Cops seized a knapsack that held 1.4 kg of marijuana, 147 grams of cocaine and 165 ecstasy pills, as well as quantities of hashish and crack cocaine, weigh scales and almost $9,000 in cash.

William Tyler Kutsukake, 18, of Brookshire Square is charged with 58 weapons and drug charges.

Officers took him into custody and cops took up stations near a residence on Brookshire, awaiting a search warrant. A man who came out of the house with a package and got into a car was stopped by police and found to be carrying two unregistered, prohibited handguns and 50 grams of marijuana.

Douglas Kutsukake, 51, of Foxwood Trail in Pickering is charged with 30 drug and weapons offences.

Police then executed a search warrant at the house and recovered seven long guns, including a restricted M-1 Carbine rifle, along with drugs including marijuana, cocaine, psilocybin — known as magic mushrooms — and heroin. A woman at the residence, 22-year-old Tonya Kutsukake, was taken into custody and charged with 27 weapons and drug offences.

A fourth member of the family, 47-year-old Doris Kutsukake, was arrested in the lobby at the 19 Division police station in Pickering on 28 drug and weapons charges.

All four suspects were held for bail hearings.

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