Drug and weapons charges laid during general patrol

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A Windsor man faces several drug and weapons related charges after Windsor police say they observed some unusual occurrences.

At around noon Wednesday, members of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) were on general patrol near the area of Goyeau Street and Park Street East when they launched an investigation after they noticed suspicious behaviour from an individual.

“During the course of the investigation, officers had interaction with a person and observed them to be wearing what appeared to be a ballistic vest and saw a possible weapon under their clothing,” read a statement from the Windsor Police Service.

The officers reportedly located what they believed was a firearm inside a holster on the male suspect. He was arrested shortly after without incident.

Police say they seized an unspecified amount of illicit drugs, cash, a homemade taser-like weapon, and what was believed to be another gun. The officers later determined the suspected firearms were both air soft guns.

As a result, 34-year-old Codi Merilees is charged with two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon and three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor police at 519-255-6700 extension: 4000, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-TIPS (8477).