Two facing drug trafficking charges after traffic stop in Loyalist Township

Left: a vehicle which struck a guardrail while trying to evade a traffic stop. Right: items located during traffic stop investigation. Image via OPP.

Two individuals have been charged with drug offences as the result of a traffic stop by officers from the Lennox and Addington County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, OPP officers conducted a traffic stop of two vehicles on Bath Road in Loyalist Township. According to a release from the OPP, one vehicle appeared to attempt to leave but got stuck in a guardrail.

When asked why police initiated traffic stops on the two vehicles in the first place, Acting Sergeant Aaron Miller, Media Coordinator for the OPP East Region, told Kingstonist that the vehicles were stopped as part of an ongoing drug investigation that began earlier this fall.

“A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the seizure of quantities of suspected methamphetamine and cocaine, cell phones and Canadian currency. With the assistance of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit, two individuals were arrested and charged,” the OPP stated.

Samantha Lefebvre, age 31, from Loyalist Township, and Joshua Trousdale, age 29, from Greater Napanee, were charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine

Lefebvre was further charged with using a plate not authorized for a vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Trousdale was further charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Both individuals were reportedly released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee in February 2024.

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