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Vice Unit Makes a Significant Drug Bust

Broadcast time: 11:00 am Date: September 19, 2019

On September 18, 2019, as part of an investigation involving the trafficking of methamphetamine and fentanyl powder, members of the Sarnia Police Service Vice Unit applied for and were granted a search warrant for a motel unit located in the 1700 block of London Line.

At approximately 7:30 pm members of the Vice Unit along with officers from Uniform Patrol made entry into the unit. Officers located a female suspect and a male suspect. During the arrest the female remained compliant but the male attempted to flee and to resist arrest. The male suspect attempted to dispose of evidence into the toilet and continued to fight with officers. At one point the suspect attempted to grab at an officer’s taser and refused to comply. After several minutes of dealing with the combative male he was finally handcuffed and brought under control.

Both suspects were ultimately transported to the Sarnia Police station with no further incident.

As a result of a search of the suspects and the motel unit officers located the following items:

  1. Over 234 grams of fentanyl powder with a street value of $117,420.00
  2. Over 110 grams of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $11,095
  3. $1600 in currency
  4. 2 pairs of brass knuckles
  5. Pepper spray
  6. A taser
  7. A loaded crossbow

The following individuals have been charged:

  1. Ashley Lynne Lauzon, 24 years of age, of Guelph, has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine and opioids), 3 counts of possession of a prohibited device or ammunition, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
  2. Robert Brandon Mitchell, 23 years of age, of no fixed address, has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine and opioids), 3 counts of possession of a prohibited device or ammunition, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, 12 counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order, three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance, breach of probation, and resist peace officer. Mitchell also had two outstanding arrest warrants from other jurisdictions.

Both Lauzon and Mitchell remain in custody pending a bail hearing.

Photo below displays items seized.

Constable Giovanni Sottosanti

Media Officer

Tel: 519-344-8861 Ext 6168

Email: 168@police.sarnia.on.ca