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Drugs, weapons, cash found in search of Espanola residence; 3 arrested

Police say they found fentanyl, meth with a street value of $2,300, as well as a conducted energy weapon
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Three people are facing multiple charges after a drug bust at an Espanola residence Sept. 17.

At 6:36 p.m. Sept. 17, the OPP, with the assistance of the Wikwemikong Tribal Police, executed a search warrant at the residence on Centre Street. 

Officers seized a quantity of drugs suspected to be fentanyl and methamphetamine, along with  prohibited weapons (conducted energy weapon, collapsible baton), drug paraphernalia, more than $7,500 in Canadian currency, and over $3,400 in pre-paid Visas. 

The estimated total street value of the drugs seized is believed to be more than $2,300.

Three people were arrested and charged.

A 45-year-old Espanola man was charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Opioid (other than heroin), contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), (two counts);
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Methamphetamine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA;
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 - in Canada, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC);
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 - in Canada, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC;
  • Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition, contrary to section 92(2) of the CC, (two counts); and
  • Failure to Comply with Release Order - Other Than to Attend Court, contrary to section 145(5)(a) of the CC.

The accused remains in custody, and was due to appear in bail court in Sudbury Sept. 18.

A 27-year-old woman from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve First Nation was charged with:

  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon, contrary to section 92(2) of the CC, (two counts);
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Methamphetamine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA, (two counts);and
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Opioid (other than heroin), contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA.

A 30-year-old man from Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, was charged with:

  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon, contrary to section 92(2) of the CC, (two counts);
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance - Opioid (other than heroin), contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA;
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Methamphetamine, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA, (two counts); and
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Opioid (other than heroin), contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA.

The latter two accused were released on an Undertaking and are scheduled to appear in Espanola court Nov. 16.