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This property on Quesnel Rd. in Sturgeon Falls was raided by police on May 31, leading to the discovery of cash and drugs and the arrest of four people.
Witnesses said it looked like a scene from a police action movie as a dozen or so officers swooped in on a Quesnel Road house in a surprise bust that netted drugs, cash and four arrests on May 31.
The operation occurred late in the day and was reported to the Tribune by passing motorists who saw around nine vehicles and several officers with dogs searching the property at 551 Quesnel Road in Sturgeon Falls. Upon arrival, a Tribune journalist was asked not to take photos during the raid as there were covert police vehicles on site.
The following day, the WN Police Service related that officers had executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at the residence and had “located and seized a large amount of cash, a substantial amount of methamphetamine pills along with marijuana and other drugs. Three men and one woman face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.”
OPP North East Region Sgt. Carolle Dionne confirmed that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was the lead force in the investigation, in conjunction with the WN Police. The bust was the result of a covert operation by the OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, though Dionne could not share many details, including the length of the investigation, which she says is now closed. The OPP’s canine unit also took part in the search.
Arrested were Justin Glynn, age 27, of Sturgeon Falls; Mélanie Poisson, age 23, of Sudbury; Kyle Donoghue, age 25, of Ottawa; and Roch Mercier, age 31, of Sturgeon Falls. All four face four counts each of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count each of “proceeds of crime.” While Glynn remains in police custody, the other three have been released on a Promise to Appear, and are expected in court sometime in July, though exact dates were not specified.
Dionne said the drugs seized have a street value of around $40,000, and include methamphetamine tablets, ‘Shatter’ (a derivative of cannabis marijuana), cannabis and psilocybin (also known as magic mushrooms).