The Peterborough Examiner ran this story today.

Toronto man now facing drug charges too

A Toronto bike shop owner facing dozens of charges related to a massive stash of stolen bicycles stockpiled at several locations across the city is now facing numerous drug charges as well.

As Igor Kenk, a self-proclaimed former Slovenian police officer, waited for his bail hearing to begin yesterday on numerous bike theft charges, police charged him with four more drug offences, bringing the total to 21.

That’s after more than six kilograms of marijuana was found hidden among bikes in two garages. Previous police seizures included marijuana and 85 grams of crack cocaine and cocaine powder allegedly found in the home Kenk shares with his wife, concert pianist Jeanie Chung, said Det. Const. Aaron Dennis.

Police have recovered 2,700 bikes mostly from garages around the downtown city core, said Dennis.

Kenk made a brief appearance in bail court before he was sent to a special court because of the long list of charges.

A publication ban has been placed on the evidence heard.

Kenk remains in custody and will take the stand again tomorrow, while his co-accused, Jean Laveau, 47, appears in another court on charges related to bike theft.

Several biking enthusiasts were on hand to watch the bail hearing. Kenk’s ramshackle Bicycle Clinic was well known among Toronto cyclists.

“Bikes are finally getting the respect they deserve,” said Navid Taslimi, 36, a former messenger who’s had two bikes stolen and plans on going to the police viewing of recovered bicycles in hopes of finding the polo bike he fashioned from old parts.

Alex House, 21, who started a Facebook group on the subject, came to court to “rally the bicycle community to attend (Kenk’s) trial.”

So far, he said, more than 300 confirmed guests have visited the site.

Navid get that polo bike back!