SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED
Drugs, cash, firearm, ATV seized
(NATION TOWNSHIP, ON) – On Friday January 12, 2018, members of the Cornwall Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), assisted by the East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP Canine Unit, executed a Search Warrant in the Nation Township, resulting in the seizure of methamphetamine (speed) pills, cannabis marihuana, crack cocaine, psilocybin (mushrooms), hydromorphone tablets, Canadian currency, and drug paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking. OPP also seized one prohibited firearm and a stolen 4 wheeler ATV.
Shawn LEBLANC (33 yrs) of Fournier, ON, was arrested and charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with the following sections:
– Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking- Other Drugs – (2 counts)
– Possession of a Schedule II substance for the purpose of Trafficking- under 3 kg
– Produce a Schedule II substance – (cannabis marihuana)
– Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of Trafficking
He was also charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with the following offences:
– Possession of Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order
– Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
– Fail to Comply with Probation Order – (3 counts)
– Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 – in Canada – (2 counts)
– Careless storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited device or ammunition
LEBLANC was not released and kept in custody, and is scheduled to appear by video at the Ontario Court of Justice located in L’Orignal on January 16, 2018.
THIS WEEK IN POLICING
IMPAIRED BY ALCOHOL
(HAWKESBURY, ON) – On Sunday January 14, 2018, at approximately 12:50 am, Hawkesbury OPP Constable Simon Boudreau intercepted a 2004 yellow Volkswagen New Beetle on McGill Street in the Town of Hawkesbury.
Interaction with the male driver gave the officer reason to believe that he had driven his motor vehicle with his abilities impaired by alcohol.
Consequently, the driver, Luis ROMERO (42 yrs) of Hawkesbury, ON, was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with the following sections:
– Driving While Ability Impaired – motor vehicle (Alcohol)
– Driving with More than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in Blood.
The vehicle was seized for 7 days and the driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days.
He was later released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in L’Orignal on January 24, 2018.
PERSON TO BE IDENTIFIED
(HAWKESBURY, ON) – The Hawkesbury OPP received a report of a theft of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet that occurred on Monday afternoon of November 20, 2017, at the Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy situated on Spence Avenue in the Town of Hawkesbury.
During the investigation, the image of a female, that police believe has information in the matter, was captured by the video surveillance system.
NO ICE IS WITHOUT RISK
(HAWKESBURY, ON) – The Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public that even though there is ice on lakes and rivers in the area, you need to use caution if you choose to be on them. Not every lakes or rivers are the same and varying winter weather conditions and temperatures can rapidly change ice conditions.
Always check the ice in several places before stepping or travelling onto it, wear a floatation suit, carry ice picks and if you are ice fishing, at least 10 centimetres (4inches) of clear blue ice is required for walking on, 20 centimetres (8inches) for snowmobiles and 30 centimetres (12 inches) minimum is needed for most light vehicles. Double these amounts if the ice is white or opaque.
Ice safety and weight-bearing properties of ice can be affected by many factors, including thickness, currents, age of ice, pressure cracks and snow cover. Ice does not freeze at uniform thickness across bodies of water. Thickness should be checked regularly as you move further out onto the ice.
The strongest ice is clear blue in color. White or opaque ice is much weaker. A layer of heavy snow on a frozen lake or river can insulate the ice below and slow down freezing. Travelling on ice with snowmobiles or vehicles can be potentially very dangerous and added precautions must be taken. Avoid slushy ice, untracked ice, or ice near moving water or dock bubblers.
It’s important to let others know where you’re planning to fish and advise when you plan to return. If you are missing, rescue crews can narrow their search and potentially save your life.
Parents are always reminded to be mindful while children are out of school, as they may venture out on frozen ponds, ditches or waterways.
The OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are reminding snowmobilers to take personal responsibility for their own safety and well-being this winter. Snowmobilers are advised to go online at www.ofsc.on.ca to check the status of local trails.
Those venturing onto the ice are reminded to keep safety in mind at all times and be prepared. Always remember that no ice is without risk.