The Tingleys are trash and should be locked up for a long time????

Feb 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Crime Stories

So says a lady from Saint John, New Brunswick, who calls herself “upset mom.” And she goes on: “could someone tell me how a family can sell drugs and guns, steal cars … do anything they want for so long? … you can say they are good people and dont break the law but WHY DID THEY SELL MY SON AND HIS FRIENDS COCAINE ? my son is in a rehab program now, he is only 16!” The Tingleys are the family in question. Their headquarters is a rural compound near Salisbury, New Brunswick (not far from Moncton). In some quarters they are known as the “Sopranos of Salisbury.” Others might just see them as Trailer Park Boys in real life (except that they live in New Brunswick, and not Nova Scotia next door). However you see them, at some point soon enough eight Tingleys – five men and three women – are going on trial, on “a total of 57 charges of operating an organized crime ring that allegedly peddled drugs, weapons and firearms.” It has been claimed that the “next court date is on FEB 2 to see when the Trial starts.” Other sources just say: “The trial date will be set in February.” Many questions remain. All we know for certain right now is that the Tingleys’ trial, whenever it comes, will be followed with great interest in the Moncton region – and beyond.

Introducing the Tingleys

The five male Tingleys who are now charged with various aspects of operating an organized crime ring that allegedly peddled drugs, weapons and firearms are Roger Tingley, 54 and his twin brother Rodney Tingley, 54, and then Rodney’s three sons, Michael Tingley, 32, Kevin Tingley, 30, and Christopher Tingley, 25.

Also charged are three women: Sharon Tingley, 49, Gail Tingley, 54, and Missy Tingley (also known as Melissa Patten), 32. Sharon and Gail Tingley are the wives of Roger and Rodney Tingley. Missy Tingley or Melissa Patten is the wife of Rodney’s son Michael.

It has been reported as well that, when the initial arrests were made in December 2008 a “ninth person was arrested … but released.” This ninth person was apparently a woman. So it would seem clear that the person involved was not “Steven Tingley, another of Rodney’s sons.”

Steven Tingley, however, has “created a Facebook page called Support for The Tingley Family’.” This page had as many as “174 members” just before Christmas 2008. On the page “Tingley writes that he’s looking for people to support his family, adding that they’ve been arrested for some stuff they didn’t even do.’ He goes on to write that they’re not an organized crime family and most of you guys know that they are just like anyone else … If any of you guys have met my mom and dad you know they are the most caring people.'”

Prelude: the fire, the family feud, and the start of the RCMP investigation in October 2007…

The RCMP investigation that led to the current charges against the Tingley family began in October 2007. But there was a kind of late September 2007 prelude here. It involved three fires in the Salisbury, New Brunswick area, which “destroyed David Hopper’s $300,000 garage, Byron Hopper’s large high-end’ cottage and a third house not owned by either man but originally built by the Hoppers years ago.”

The “brothers David and Byron Hopper” had already been “operating a successful contracting business when they won a $25.4-million Lotto 6-49 jackpot in December 2003, a near-record for Canadian lottery wins at the time … By all accounts … the brothers [had] been more than generous with their windfall, spreading it around not just to the rest of the family – and it’s a big one – but to many individuals and even businesses in need.”

At the same time, CanWest News Service also reported that: “A woman who identified herself on the phone yesterday as Byron Hopper’s wife … said the fires weren’t the first problem for the families. There’s been many, many incidents – many. This has been leading up to this’ … She said their high-end’ cottage was burnt to the ground,’ but refused to comment on anything else. This for the safety of our family. We have children and grandchildren.’ …

“The families are not under police protection, but the RCMP have added patrols in the area … Reached by phone, David Hopper confirmed that heavy equipment on land the brothers had subdivided had been vandalized with gravel put into the gas tanks. He refused further comment.”

Others in the Salisbury area thought they knew who was responsible for the Hopper brothers’ grief. And they made their suspicions known to Rod Allen of the Moncton Times & Transcript. The Tingley family, many in the community thought, was the guilty party.

Rod Allen’s newspaper article carried on: “Some of the Tingley youngsters are catching it at school and that’s not fair, says Roger Tingley, who lives with his wife on the Middlesex Road just a few miles south of the village …

“It looks like these arson cases were solved by the public before the fires were even put out,’ he says … My whole family, at least eight names have been mentioned over the past days, have all been found guilty and I just wish the public had all the facts to go on first … I personally do not condone these fires at all. I have no idea who might have done them and when they solve this crime I say let the cards fall where they may.’

“Tingley [Rod Allen continued] understands full well that he has to be careful what he says next. He draws no connection between fires and any other circumstances or occurrences anywhere in the Salisbury area, but says the whole town has been linking the fires to a feud between the Hoppers and the Tingleys … It’s just not true, he says …

“The fact is there’s a business dispute going on between the Hopper brothers and one member of the Tingley family … If there is a relationship between that dispute and the occurrences this week, that’s up to the police to figure out, he says, but in the meantime the public should understand that the Tingleys are for the most part law-abiding citizens …

“Roger Tingley admits he is no angel, and that he is not the only member of the clan to have had a brush or two with the law. I was in trouble for break-and-enter and so on, upsetting cars, impaired driving, stuff like that; but a lot of kids from other families around here had their troubles back then, not just the Tingleys.’ Tingley says he hasn’t been in any trouble for a long time, has quit drinking and just wants to get along with his neighbours.”

Operation Jekyll and the RCMP raid on the Tingley compound in December 2008 …

Whatever Roger Tingley’s neighbours might have thought about his comments in the Moncton Times & Transcript, the local Mounties (or RCMP) were especially sceptical. They began their investigation into the Tingley family’s activities in October 2007.

Their suspicions (like those of the neighbours) were heightened by the garish but quite professional-looking sign at the entrance to the “Tingley Compound” – which also bore the motto “What you see here … What you do here … What you hear here … STAYS HERE!”

The RCMP investigation was codenamed Operation Jekyll. According to the official news release at the end of things: “The case has proven to be a difficult one for police as witnesses have been leery about coming forward to provide evidence. As such, for the first time in New Brunswick, a 2002 amendment to a Section of the Criminal Code of Canada focusing on Organized Crime was utilized. If convicted, sentences will be served consecutively, meaning for each conviction the guilty party will have to serve each individual sentence. This can result in a very lengthy prison sentence depending on the number and scope of the charges.”

The RCMP news release noted as well that Roger, Rodney, Michael, Kevin, Chris, Sharon, Gail, and Missy Tingley “have been collectively charged with 57 offences. Among the charges are conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, OxyContin, marijuana, contraband tobacco, weapons and firearms, and being members of an organized crime group.”

The last paragraph added: “A number of arsons in the area were also part of the police investigation. Although no charges have yet been laid in those cases, further charges and arrests are pending.”

Having spent more than a year gathering evidence, the Mounties were finally ready for action. On December 11, 2008 the Moncton Times & Transcript reported that: “More than 100 RCMP members from across New Brunswick descended on eight homes simultaneously in the countryside around Salisbury before dawn yesterday, arresting five men and four women and dismantling what the force is calling a criminal organization .. At ground zero of the investigation, a Middlesex Road property described as The Tingley Compound’ by a professionally made sign, an impressive looking RCMP Mobile Command Centre is set up …

“The command centre belongs to H Division, the Nova Scotia RCMP, and was brought in from Halifax. Marked police cruisers dispersed throughout the region bore code numbers identifying their regular patrol areas as places like Oromocto and Miramichi … By mid-morning, the first Porta-Potties were being delivered, suggesting RCMP members were setting up for the long haul.”

The newspaper report concluded with: “Meanwhile, another home raided in Middlesex, one within sight of the Tingley compound, had a handmade sign in the door of the garage that read, Att – RCMP – Keep harassing me all nite long if you insist. If you do, don’t blame me if signs appear about your affair at Salisbury Ultramar and what goes on at Parkindale Camp?’ …

“If the sign implied a threat or spoke of something else entirely, there were no signs the RCMP looked intimidated yesterday as they moved freely throughout the raided properties … Said one police officer, as he looked at more than a dozen marked and unmarked police vehicles of every shape and size gathered at the Tingley compound, our gang is bigger than their gang.'”

As already noted, only three of the four women originally detained were finally charged. The RCMP press release on Operation Jekyll described the ultimate disposition of the resulting five men and three women: “Rodney Tingley, Michael Tingley, Kevin Tingley and Chris Tingley have been remanded into custody until a bail hearing scheduled for December 17 and 18, 2008 in Moncton Provincial Court. Roger Tingley is currently in hospital and will appear in court at a later date but has been charged. Sharon Tingley, Gail Tingley and Missy Tingley have been released on strict conditions. ”

Developments in late December 2008 and January 2009 … and what may or may not lie ahead?

On Friday, December 19, 2008 the Moncton Times & Transcript reported that bail hearings for the Tingley men in custody (including Roger, who was actually in hospital, as noted above) “were adjourned until … some time after Christmas.”

By the end of December the Tingley men had either been denied bail (in two cases) or temporarily waived their rights to bail hearings. On December 30 they all appeared in court and “chose trial by judge only.”

They “told the judge they wanted information on how police received authorization for their search warrants … The Crown prosecutor said some of that information had been passed along. But the lawyer acting on behalf of the Tingleys for the day said the information was on a hard drive and the Tingleys don’t have access to a computer in jail …

“The lawyer acting for the Tingleys also asked the judge to set a preliminary hearing date as soon as possible. But the judge decided to wait to set a date until the other three family members [i.e. the three women charged] appear in court on Jan. 12.” Meanwhile, CBC News reported, the “five Tingley men remain in custody.”

On January 12, 2009 CBC New Brunswick reported: “A Crown prosecutor has provided laptops to jailed members of the Tingley family so they can have access to the evidence that led to a massive December raid on their properties.”

On the same day all eight Tingleys – men and women – “appeared in court before Judge Jolene Richard. The women elected to be tried by judge alone in Court of Queen’s Bench, which is the same election the men made Dec. 30.” (The three women, it was noted in the January 13 Times & Transcript report as well, “were in court but are not in custody. They face far fewer charges and were released on conditions after their Dec. 10 arrest.”)

The January 13 Times & Transcript report went on: “Defence lawyer Scott Fowler represented all the accused in court yesterday and said they wanted to waive their right to a preliminary hearing and proceed to trial. A preliminary hearing was expected to take as long as four weeks, so waiving that hearing will likely result in an earlier trial date …

“Crown prosecutor Michel Bertrand told the judge an indictment will be filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench and a trial will be scheduled some time after that … While Fowler and his brother James Fowler have represented the Tingleys in court over the last month, neither will represent them at trial. The defence lawyer told the judge yesterday the accused have all applied for Legal Aid representation for their trial.”

A parallel January 13 report in the Saint John Telegraph-Journal indicated: “The trial date will be set in February.”

On January 25, 2009 a comment to a related CBC report on the web, from an apparently well-informed individual known as hatguy521, indicated: “So the next court date is on FEB 2 to see when the Trial starts i hope for their sakes they can get threw the disclosure since they are only allowed to use the computer like 2 hours a day witch everyone else get to walk around with theirs on paper i don’t think this is really fair.”

With a bit of help from the counterweights legal staff (I hope), I will be continuing to follow the adventures in court of the eight Tingley family members who have been charged – as best I can.

Whatever else, the story makes you wonder about law and order in our kind of society today. And the big questions remain: Are the Tingleys really “trash,” and should they “be locked up for a long time“? Or is Steven Tingley right, when he says “that they’re not an organized crime family and most of you guys know that they are just like anyone else … If any of you guys have met my mom and dad you know they are the most caring people'”?

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  1. This is michael’s daughter Kayla. I will be turning 16 october 2nd, 2013. My dad died October 1st 2012. One day before my birthday. And I blame every single cop , Judge, and whoever else it involves out there for his death. You have taken an amazing man away from his family. His kids. his wife. You people are horrible thinking were bad, ive never seen anyone do so much good. My grandfather and uncles , and including my dad would help people out whenever they could. And for the bitch who said that they sold drugs to her 16 year old son , Yeah they didnt find proof of that bullshit and just to let everyone know , the hoppers burnt down their own shit. They know they have the money to rebuild it anyways and most of the time my dad and family was ALWAYS back at the junkyard or he was home with us or taking us to the park, beach and everything else. This is all bullshit and because of it you guys took my father away from me forever. Thanks. Thank alot.

  2. Kayla calm the frig down girl

  3. Tingley’s r not bad at all

  4. All I can say is that if the Tingleys are major drug dealers they are not very good at it. They certainly are not living the Saprano’s luxurious lifestyle. Rodney is the most unlikely “mafia boss” you can imagine. He’s an soft spoken aging man whose main concern, as well as the main concern of his wife Gail, is to take care of their dead son’s children. The RCMP threw several of the Tingleys into jail for months, could not make a case to support the charges and are probably unhappy that they spent money and manpower without the desired result. A court found the Tingleys not guilty and that should be enough. Kayla, you hang in there. It’s been the said that the best revenge is living well. Don’t let you anger destroy you; use it to accomplish things with you life. Make your Dad and your grandparents proud of you.

  5. Hello

    I am Rodney and Roger’s brother, Paul. It’s been six long years since the beginning of this nightmare vendetta began. Still the crown keeps a media blackout on the proceedings of an appeal they launched immediately after they said they had no evidence to present- resulting in acquittal of my brothers and nephews.

    To date,the estimate of the cost of the case is over $50,000,000.00. For a case where they have no evidence to present after 1.5 years of wiretaps, etc, etc??? I am sure I’m not the only one wondering what good this kind of action does for the taxpayers of NB.

    Still , with no evidence to present, they retain some of the confiscated property that my family badly needs to make a living. I believe this is part of an intentional vendetta. I will not speculate on what level of complicity exists but I believe it to be insidious and widespread. I would not have believed this amount of injustice could be perpetrated in Canada and covered up so well. (Then again, I am aware of cases like Robert Dzeikansky in Vancouver – evidence that it does happen).

    The 2 year anniversary of my nephew’s death has come and gone with no resolution yet for the case that changed my family’s lives forever.

    I still believe in justice and still believe the truth will come out. Cold comfort to members of my family who have lost more than I can ever imagine. Their pain is more than people should have to endure – a resolution of this matter would give them a little measure of comfort- I think that’s not too much to ask.

    I hope for a resolution soon.


  6. this is rod tingley here we are 8 years later and still didnt hear nothing from the appeal court weather they are going to grant the crown a new trial against us or not they still have a lein on our propertys and all of my dead sons tools so no one can make a living i guess this is what you call a speedy trial

  7. Hi, it’s all over people that think there going to jail got a long time well it’s all over so i hope u are feeling like a retated because u are for all the people that thought o yea drug dealer dope snickers gun sellers well I have bin in the gradg all my life I didn’t see a thing and I’m not dumb enough to not know what it is sooooooo don’t think in less u know….. Don’t look like they are in jail dose it, nope 👌👌👌👌 think next time…. We would get to spend more time with a man that loves me his kids and mom and dad he loved us all but u (cops) put him behind bars so he could not see us (his family) and friends he was a good man (mike) that was trying to run a business but he could not do that because he was behind your stupid bars for no reason
    Go and find the real drug dealer and gun sellers not the one that was trying to run a business but after they gut out of Gail
    No one wonted to come by parts and sell suff because they thought it was stolen… But it was not… There are still people that will not come to (tingleys out parts) because of the hole Gail thing.
    I’m 12 years old my dad Chris was in Gail and after Gail he whent out west to work so I didn’t get to spend much time with him and still don’t because it’s like I’m not even there so I have a dad and I love it but Kayla Tingley and Riley Tingley don’t have a dad because he was in bars and then gut in a car accident
    Missy don’t have a husband Because she only loved mike Tingley she would have spent more time but some ideas didn’t think he needed a life so put him behind bars
    He was nice to people that came to by pars and sell them
    Even if they did find somthing there where people working there at the time so it could have bin there’s I don’t know but what I’m saying is you have to take responsibility but me not seeing my dad and Kayla and rileynit seeing there dad and missy
    I THINK U SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS… If we sue I have u cops fell bad for what I did after this is all over with…. GOOD NIGHT 😘😘 have a good time reading this well I hope u did
    Hope I fell silly for what u did because it was silly all of it smarten up with the stuff that not true look in to the case find what u need if u didn’t that u would not that there good man an woman

  8. What is this, the Tingley cheerleader site? The sign says it all to me, if you have no skeletons in your closet, why erect a sign warning people to keep their mouths shut if they step foot on their premises? The letters from supporters sound like they come from the Mensa group too.

  9. Hello Torn Ripley or whatever your real name is. Still trying to get your digs in when the courts have thrown it all out due to “no evidence to present” . One would think that would quiet the critics given the enormous outlay with no expense spared to convict. Surely these “Mensas” couldn’t have fooled the full weight of the RCMP endowed with unlimited resources and 2 years of wiretaps.

    A sign is like a text message, you can take it out of context or find out what was really behind the message. Why do people have skulls on motorcycles or tattoos? Does that make them murderous, drug dealing, evil people? Perhaps in your eyes.Lots of ladies think it’s cool to have barbed wire inked around their arm. What connotations are you taking away about that?

    My family have been subjected to what I call “rural colloquial fear mongering” for many years. Rather than getting angry and violent about some of the names they have been called and the stories that got blown out of proportion around a case of beer, they thought it would be funny to erect a sign to make fun of the outrageous exaggerations being told by some in the community- including some members of Canada’s finest.

    The sign was a joke! The sign was their property! It was expensive. It was taken away and destroyed with no legal right to do so that I am aware of. So how would you feel if someone was making up stories about you, and, for no apparent reason, the police arrived and unceremoniously confiscated and destroyed your property. Some property still hasn’t been returned. Was it sold? Was it taken from storage by person(s) unknown? Is it still being illegally held to “teach these people a lesson for being found not guilty”?

    Many stories were told about a possible connection to a string of arsons in the area- again no evidence but in that case, no charges ever filed- still the public accusations raged. Some entities wanted the whole family destroyed any way they could, whether there was any evidence or not. A lynch mob mentality was promoted by some and accepted as fact by those who did not know the family just because of it’s constant and vociferous nature. Potential employers were contacted and asked not to hire anyone from the family as they tried to rebuild their lives.

    The police do what they think is best. It goes to court. When all avenues are exhausted, as in this case and there still is no evidence to convict, the case is thrown out. In a normal circumstance, police are legally required to return all confiscated property. Why hasn’t this been done- one can only assume there’s still a bit of a vendetta and hard feelings (perhaps embarrassment? )…just saying……I don’t know the real reason behind it.

    Why has media coverage been suppressed? Is there something to hide? Why haven’t they even received so much as an apology for being wrongfully incarcerated for several years?

    And still you have the nerve to slag them! Take a moment and congratulate yourself on what a noble human being you are and how you are making the world a better place…..or not……

  10. Hmm, as being a Tingley related to said Tingley’s kinda makes me feel discriminated against just assuming we’re all bad people.

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