HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Lawyer, JP Face Charges Of Drug Trafficking And Money
Pubdate: Wed, 10 Mar 2004
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Copyright: 2004 The Ottawa Citizen
Author: Elaine Marshall, National Post


TORONTO - An Ontario justice of the peace and a criminal lawyer were among 
four people arrested yesterday on charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy 
and money laundering.

The two were arrested after an 18-month investigation by the RCMP and the 
Niagara Regional Police.

RCMP Insp. Linda Martell said a special team, established in 2001 to 
investigate the influx of outlaw motorcycle gangs to the Niagara area, 
received intelligence that led to the arrests.

"We received information from numerous sources, not just one particular 
area, but all over, which led to ... charges," Insp. Martell said.

Though the special team was investigating motorcycle gangs, Insp. Martell 
would not comment on whether the people arrested were part of an outlaw gang.

Insp. Martell said investigators do not believe the justice system in which 
the two worked was compromised by the activities.

One of the accused is a civil and criminal lawyer working in Welland. His 
law firm would not comment.

George Radojcic, 44, a justice of the peace from Niagara Falls, is charged 
with possession and laundering of the proceeds of crime, attempt to launder 
and possess the proceeds of crime, counselling to commit laundering and two 
counts of conspiracy.

Jeffrey Root, 38, a lawyer from Welland, is charged with attempting to 
launder and possess the proceeds of crime, counselling to commit laundering 
and two charges of conspiracy.

Richard Ward, 44, of Sherkston, Ont., and Monica Gehl, 25, of Port Colborne 
are both charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine and two counts of 
possession of the proceeds of crime.
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