Napanee man already under house arrest charged with drug trafficking

After violating conditions of his house arrest, a Napanee man was arrested by police, who found he was in possession of suspected methamphetamine and crack cocaine, according to the OPP. Photo via L&A County OPP.

After leaving his home in violation of his house arrest with a substantial amount of drugs in his possession, one Napanee man is facing more charges.

According to the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Detachment’s Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) were investigating the man as he was suspected of breaching his conditions. On Thursday, Jun. 8, a CSCU officer observed the man breaching his conditions by exiting his home and beginning to walk down the road while talking on a cellphone. Officers with CSCU arrested the man, who was subsequently search. That search found approximately 23 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 27 grams of suspected crack cocaine, two cellphones, digital scales, and Canadian currency.

As a result, Terry Merlin, 50, of Greater Napanee was charged with:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine
  • Failure to comply with a probation order
  • Three counts of failure to comply with a release order (other than to attend court)

Merlin was released from custody after being held for a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee on a later date, the L&A OPP said in a press release.

As previously reported, Merlin was originally arrested in November of 2021 after police executed a search warrant and found him to be in possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, and fentanyl.

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