WNPS Media Release- Joint forces police investigation led to the arrest of a Sturgeon Falls woman

On September 6 a joint forces police investigation led to the arrest of a Sturgeon Falls woman. At approximately 10pm, a vehicle stop took place on Cache Bay road in Sturgeon Falls. The female was advised she was being arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The female ran from the officer but was apprehended a short distance away. A search of the woman’s vehicle was conducted and police seized cocaine, Hydromorphone pills, Methamphetamine pills, packaging material and Canadian currency. The street value of the drugs seized in valued at approximately $15,500. Twenty four (24) year old Kasandra Lafond of Sturgeon Falls is facing charges of possession of controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and resist arrest.

On September 7, police responded to a disturbance call on King Street. Upon arrival officers observed, a small group gathered. The investigation revealed that the group had been drinking at a rear by residence when an argument started one individual left and returned with another person. The man is known to police as being on a recognizance of bail not to communicate with the woman in the group. The man was taken into custody and now faces a charge of breach of recognizance.

On September 8, police responded to the Allain Court area of Sturgeon Falls to investigate a neighbor dispute. Police learned that while working on his vehicle, the victim was confronted by his neighbor. A verbal argument ensued and escalated to the point where the neighbor struck the victim in the face. 32 year old, Levi Hayes of Sturgeon Falls now faces a charge of assault.

On September 8, police responded to a Sturgeon Falls residence regarding a sudden death. While the death is not considered suspicious, police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the events leading up to the death. The West Nipissing Police Service has reason to believe drugs contributed to the man’s death and are once again warning that opioid use can be fatal.

On September 9, police received a complaint of counterfeit money from a local pharmacy. Police learned that a young man with short hair wearing a white top and shorts attended the store, requested change for a $20.00 and upon receiving two $10 bills left the store. The suspect’s identity is unknown at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

On September 10, another complaint of counterfeit money was received by the WNPS. The business owner contacted the police after the counterfeit was discovered while conducting

financial review of payments. The police have secured the counterfeit $20 bills. The investigation is ongoing.

On September 11, police responded to a Carrie Street residence after receiving a 911 call. Upon arrival police learned that the victim had allowed a man to enter his residence, after a short time, the man was asked to leave but he refused. The suspect then made his way to the victim’s bedroom where he stole $30.00, then made his way out. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about these occurrences is asked to contact the West Nipissing Police Service at 705-753-1234. For those who wish to remain anonymous, there are three ways to contact the Near North Crime Stoppers. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text the word “Nipper” plus the tip information to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.