L&A OPP announce drug trafficking charges in two separate investigations

Suspected cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine, along with currency and paraphernalia seized by the L&A OPP in one of two investigations that led to drug trafficking-related charges that occurred within two days. Photo via L&A OPP.

The Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested three people in two separate investigations, all of whom are now facing drug trafficking-related charges, according to police.

The first investigation took place on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2024, when the L&A OPP Detachment received a report “thanks to an alert citizen” of a “suspicious vehicle.” According to the OPP, the report came into police around 10 a.m. that day and indicated there was a suspicious vehicle parked behind the Kaladar gas station at Highway 7 and County Road 41 “with two people slumped over inside.”

“Police attended to check on the welfare of the people and located the vehicle running with two people slumped over inside. Police spoke with the two people in the vehicle and observed drug paraphernalia and drugs in plain view,” the OPP said in a press release on Thursday, Mar. 14, 2024.

Both people in the vehicle were subsequently arrested and searched, and police also searched the vehicle, the OPP said. During the searches, officers located:

  • Several small containers of suspected fentanyl
  • One container of suspected oxycontin pills
  • Several knives, including a prohibited butterfly knife
  • An airsoft handgun
  • Suspected fraudulent bank cards

“The passenger of the vehicle was transported to hospital by Paramedic Services for a medical assessment and the driver was taken back to the police detachment for further testing,” police said.

As a result of this investigation, both individuals were charged by the L&A OPP as follows, according to police.

Stephanie Martin, a 45-year-old from Pembroke, was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – drugs and alcohol
  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid
  • Two counts of possession of a weapon or dangerous purposes
  • Failure to comply with a probation order
  • Failure to comply with an undertaking
  • Driving while under suspension

Troy Bolger, a 35-year-old from Laurentian Valley Township, was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid
  • Three counts of possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition for dangerous purposes

According to the OPP, both accused individuals were held to attend bail hearings and later released. In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable David Yome, Media Relations Officer for the L&A OPP, said that the passenger who was taken to hospital was brought to the L&A OPP detachment after receiving medical treatment. Yome was not able to say what quantities of the suspected fentanyl and oxycontin were seized by police beyond that the substances were in “small containers.”

The following day, on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2024, members of the L&A OPP Community Street Crime Unit arrested and charged a male with several drug trafficking related offences in a separate investigation.

According to the OPP, Community Street Crime Unit officers “located a male who was walking on John Street in Greater Napanee” just before 10 p.m. Officers with the Street Crime Unit arrested the man, but police did not say why the man was arrested. Kingstonist has inquired with the L&A OPP as to the cause for the arrest, but no response was received by time of publication.

Police said that, during a search of the man following his arrest, the following items were located and seized:

  • Approximately 24 grams of suspected cocaine
  • Two grams of suspected fentanyl
  • One gram of suspected methamphetamine
  • A cellphone
  • Digital scales
  • Plastic bags
  • Cash

According to the OPP, as a result of the investigation, 29-year-old Cody Brooks of Greater Napanee was charged with:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Methamphetamine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Opioid
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime valued under $5,000
  • Two counts of failure to comply with a release order (other than to attend court)

Police said that Brooks was released from custody after attending a bail hearing and is now scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee at a later date.

Editor’s note: In response to Kingstonist inquiries as to why Cody Brooks was arrested, Constable David Yome, Media Relations Officer for the L&A OPP, relayed that all he could say in response was “that police had reasonable and probable grounds to arrest this individual for drug trafficking.”

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