On Thursday, Nov. 23, a collaborative effort between the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), the Smiths Falls Police Service, and the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) led to the arrest and charging of two individuals.
This action followed the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Smiths Falls.
During the operation, quantities of suspected cocaine, opioids, firearms, and prohibited devices were seized by the authorities.
Benjamin Duhamel, aged 34 and a resident of the Town of Smiths Falls, faces multiple charges resulting from this investigation, including:
- Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
- Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition (two counts)
- Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Possession of a Schedule I substance – Opioid (other than heroin)
Vernon Watts, aged 57 and also a resident of the Town of Smiths Falls, is charged with the possession of a Schedule I substance – cocaine, stemming from this investigation.
Charges have not been proven in court.
Duhamel is slated to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth on Jan. 29, 2024, while Watts is scheduled to appear in the same court on Jan. 24, 2024.