The hunt for Ryan Belanger began in December 2013, when the RCMP discovered a cocaine production facility on Wynford Drive in Toronto and connected it to Belanger, who is from Halifax but had connections in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.
A Canada-wide warrant was then issued for the 28-year-old. He was wanted for possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit drug-related offences.
In the afternoon of July 4, officers from the Serious Organized Crime team tracked Belanger to a condo unit in Mississauga, the RCMP said.
Recognizing the police presence, Belanger attempted to escape by scaling the side of the building out of a 17th floor balcony, according to police. He entered an adjacent unit before being arrested.
He has been charged with the following offences:
- Breaking and entering.
- Obstructing a peace officer.
A woman was also charged with aiding Belanger at the condo.
Belanger is scheduled to appear in court on July 16.