Trafficking charges laid in Walpole Island drug bust

Police seize drugs and a sawed-off shotgun following a search on Walpole Island First Nation. December 20, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Lambton OPP)

Several charges have been laid against two Walpole Island residents after police seized an unspecified quantity of suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

Lambton OPP said a residence on Tecumseh Road on Walpole Island First Nation was searched on December 17. During the search, police also seized a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition.

OPP said 39-year-old Loni Ann Greenbird and 34-year-old Michael Isaac were charged with the following:

– Possession of a Schedule I Substance For the Purpose of Trafficking (three counts)

– Unauthorized possession of a weapon

– Unauthorized possession of a firearm

– Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm

– Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition

– Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order

– Possession of firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon obtained by crime

Isaac was also charged with two counts of failure to comply with release order and failure to comply with probation order.

The accused have been held in custody following a bail hearing on December 18. Charges against the accused have not been proven in court.

Last week’s search was carried out by members of the OPP’s Community Street Crimes Unit, Tactics and Rescue Unit, Canine Unit, Emergency Response Team, and Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, along with members of the Walpole Island Police Service.

The search stemmed from investigations launched due to a state of emergency declared in July. Over the past several months, Lambton OPP and Walpole Police Service have been working to address the opioid-related crisis.

Anyone with informationĀ is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or *OPP (677) onĀ a mobile phone. Anonymous tips can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or sarnialambtoncrimestoppers.org.