Everoll Powell, a chef and restaurateur, had just picked up the morning newspaper and was headed to the Wimpy’s diner he owned in Lindsay, Ont. on Feb. 20, 2014 when he was swarmed by Ontario Provincial Police and Canada Border Services vehicles in the restaurant parking lot.
Powell, who has lived in the Kawartha Lakes area for more than 20 years, said he was handcuffed and charged on 16 counts related to human trafficking.
“I was just shaking. I thought these guys come in to kill me when I see all these police officers jumping all over. I heard something like a helicopter over my head,” Powell said from his home in Oakwood, about a 90-minute drive north east from Toronto.