Broadcast time: 2:50 am

Date: September 23, 2016

Recently a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation was in a wooded area on the territory. While in the wooded area the member was confronted by two Asian males both carrying machetes demanding to know why he was there.

Immediately, the member called for assistance and Band Council was contacted. Due to the concerns of safety for staff and all Aamjiwnaang Community members, it was decided by Council to contact the Sarnia Police Service for their assistance.

On September 22, 2016, members of the Emergency Response Team, along with the assistance of the Vice Unit, attended the wooded lot in the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Community to attempt to locate the two males carrying machetes.

As the officers conducted their search of the wooded area they came across plots of land in the middle of the bush growing large numbers of marijuana plants. As the search continued, the officers came across the two Asian males who had been residing in the wooded area in a make shift hut. Both were taken into custody.

The area was thoroughly searched and officers removed all the marijuana which was in different stages of production, along with the plants that were still growing in the plots.

A 56 year old man from Jarvis, Ontario and a 59 year old man from London, Ontario have been arrested and charged with Production of a Schedule II Substance (cannabis) and Possession of a Schedule II Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (cannabis). They were both held for a bail hearing.

Approximately 800 plants were seized for destruction along with approximately 80 pounds of marijuana in different stages of production.

In total, the street value of marihuana seized is in excess of 1.1 million dollars.

If anyone has any further information regarding this investigation they are please asked to contact the Sarnia police Service at 519-344-8861 or Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Constable Giovanni Sottosanti

Media Officer

Tel: 519-344-8861 Ext 6168

Email: [email protected]