A Niagara Regional Police officer who was arrested in October on multiple drug trafficking charges was arrested Tuesday on three additional charges.
Police said 25-year-old constable Mark Taks, who has been with police service for around two years, was charged with three counts of breach of recognizance.
Taks was arrested Oct. 6, 2017 on the following charges:
- conspiracy to traffic schedule I substances (cocaine, Adderall and codeine)
- conspiracy to traffic schedule II substances (marijuana)
- conspiracy to traffic schedule IV substances (steroids and Xanax)
- trafficking a schedule IV substance (Xanax)
- possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
- possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking
- possession of MDMA, possession of Adderall and failing to comply with recognizance
Taks was held in custody pending a bail hearing Wednesday at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.
Taks remains suspended with pay in accordance with the Police Services Act of Ontario.
NRP chief Bryan MacCulloch said he remains committed to ensuring Niagara police officers are accountable and transparent.
“Transparency and maintaining public trust are vital to the Niagara Regional Police Service,” MacCulloch said.
“When that trust is threatened, we are all affected. It is unacceptable when one of our own members is in anyway in violation of this.”