On September 13, 2019, at approximately 8:40 a.m., members of the Nipissing West (Warren) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report from an off-duty OPP officer in regards to a suspicious vehicle on Nipissing Street in Markstay-Warren, Ontario.
Officers attended the scene, located and stopped the vehicle. Investigation revealed the driver was wanted by Greater Sudbury Police Service, as well as suspected to be impaired by drugs and was subsequently arrested.
Shortly thereafter, the female passenger was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
With the assistance of the OPP Canine Unit, officers seized a large quantity of drugs suspected to be ”Purple and Pink” Heroin, a conducted energy weapon (CEW), an expandable baton and a large amount of Canadian currency. The street value of the drugs is approximately $270,000.
As a result of the investigation, the driver, Chad JODREY, age 32, from Sudbury, was charged with:
Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Heroin, contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA);
Possession of a Prohibited Device, contrary to section 92(2) of the Criminal Code (CC);
Operation While Impaired -Drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the CC; and
Fail to Comply with Recognizance (2 counts), contrary to section 145(3) of the CC
The passenger, Ashley LABONTE, age 32, from Sudbury was charged with:
Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Heroin, contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA); and
Possession of a Prohibited Device, contrary to section 92(2) of the CC
Officers from the OPP North East Region (NER) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit (PAFU) are assisting with the on-going investigation.
Both parties remain in custody pending a bail hearing on September 16, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury.