Original Published on Jun 22, 2022 at 07:54

By J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Friday was a busy day for drug enforcement on Six Nations.

In a media release, Six Nations Police said officers spotted two people allegedly dealing drugs from a car parked by the Six Nations Parks and Recreation Department office on Fourth Line in Ohsweken while children played nearby.

“At this time, elementary schoolchildren, parents and staff were having outdoor festivities by the running track,” the release said. 

Officers recognized the car and its occupants from a drug-trafficking investigation last month, it added, and promptly blocked in the suspect car and another vehicle, making three arrests.

A search of the vehicle and two residences netted what police described as a “large quantity” of cocaine, as well as drug packaging, digital scales, cash, cellphones and a large knife.

Police charged two Ohsweken men, aged 22 and 24, with trafficking and possessing cocaine and proceeds of crime under $5,000. The car was seized and the two accused were held for a bail hearing.

The third man arrested in the parking lot, a 37-year-old from Ohsweken, was charged with cocaine possession and released.

Cocaine, oxycodone seized

Also on Friday, officers pulled up to a house on Fourth Line to execute several drug-related search warrants. Before they made it to the door, they found a man leaving the residence who was allegedly in possession of cocaine, Six Nations Police said in a media release. 

Officers arrested a woman inside the house. Police said a search of the property and nearby vehicles unearthed 50 small baggies of cocaine, a large bottle of oxycodone pills, cash, a digital scale and drug packaging material.

A 65-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man, both of Ohsweken, were charged with possessing cocaine and oxycodone for the purposes of trafficking, and proceeds of crime over $5,000.

The woman is also charged with trafficking cocaine.

The 37-year-old Ohsweken man arrested while leaving the house was charged with cocaine possession.

This item reprinted with permission from The Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario