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Although never carried out, a Windsor judge described as “heinous” a plot to hire someone to kidnap, duct tape and deliver an alleged cocaine dealer to then be tortured by drilling holes into his skull. Superior Court Justice Pamela Hebner on Tuesday sentenced Daniel Tiessen, 53, to three years in prison after he was convicted on charges of conspiracy to kidnap and to commit assault causing bodily harm, as well as one count of uttering threats to cause bodily harm. But Hebner said she found it “difficult to reconcile” the portrayal of Tiessen as a violent criminal enmeshed in Leamington’s drug subculture with the glowing reference letters describing an industrious and community-minded family man. Concerned over the targeted man’s imminent fate, RCMP investigators were forced to pull the plug on Project Omend, a lengthy and extensive investigation into a narcotic pipeline that saw cocaine flow from Colombia and Mexico into Ontario, with Leamington playing a featured role. Aggravating features in the case, said the judge, included Tiessen being motivated by greed, as well as involving a stepson by getting him to plant a GPS tracking device on the kidnap target’s vehicle.

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