Three charged with drug related offences after warrant execution in Deseronto

The items seized after a warrant was executed in Deseronto by Lennox and Addington County OPP, including methamphetamine, fentanyl, prescription drugs, and firearms. Photo by Cris Vilela.

Two women and one man have been charged after police executing a search warrant found all three to be in violation of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, officers with the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)’s Community Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a private residence in the Town of Deseronto.

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Police seized several items, including methamphetamine, fentanyl, prescription drugs, and firearms. According to L&A OPP, the methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $100 per gram, and one of the small bags of methamphetamine seized in Deseronto contained $2,200 worth of the substance.

The bag pictured on the right contains 22 grams of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $2,200, according to the OPP. Photo by Cris Vilela.
L&A OPP Detachment Commander Insp. Scott Semple holds a bag containing suspected purple fentanyl during a press conference regarding the warrant execution in Deseronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Photo by Cris Vilela.

According to the L&A OPP, weapons seized included an airsoft rifle, which had been modified to fire real bullets, as well as two pellet guns with the tips painted to make them appear to be real pistols.

The airsoft rifle, modified to fire real bullets, seized by the L&A OPP on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Photo by Cris Vilela.
Two pellet guns with the tips painted so they appear to be real pistols, which were seized by L&A OPP on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Photo by Cris Vilela.

As a result of the investigation, all three parties were charged as follows:

Brittany Burns, 32, of Loyalist Township was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance
  • Failure to comply with a probation order

Melissa Matchim, 34, of Kingston was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance

Nathan Thomas Elliott, 32, of Deseronto, was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance
  • Failure to comply with a recognizance order contrary to the Criminal Code

Burns and Matchim are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee at a later date. Elliot remains in custody pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee.

The L&A OPP Detachment Commander, Insp. Scott Semple, is asking the public to reach out to police if they see any precursors to the creation of methamphetamine. People should contact police if they see discoloured propane cylinders, an unusual number of boxes of pseudoephedrine (sudafed), chemical dumping in ditches, or strong chemical smells coming from neighbouring units, he said.

“Our goal is to disrupt supply,” Semple said.

Semple also said that police equally want to provide help to people, noting that L&A OPP is part of the Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington (KFLA) Community Strategy Committee, which focuses on helping addicts through their recovery from addiction.

All of the items seized after the execution of a search warrant in Deseronto, including multiple bags of methamphetamine and fentanyl, modified weapons, cellphones, electronics, and scales. Photo by Cris Vilela.

With files from Cris Vilela.

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