Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Three Southern Ontario Residents for Drug Trafficking

Thunder Bay Police Service
Thunder Bay Police Service

Thunder Bay – NEWS – Thunder Bay Police have three Southern Ontario residents in custody following a Monday evening traffic stop on Frederica Street West.

Officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were in the 200 block area of Frederica Street West at about 7:45 pm EST on Monday, January 25, 2021 when they observed a grey sedan being driven erratically.

Police stopped the vehicle a block later in what at the time was likely for a routine stop.

The police investigation found the occupants of the vehicle, one driver and two passengers, were in possession of narcotics, and a quantity of cash sufficient that officers had cause to believe it was obtained via drug-trafficking activity.

Police seized a quantity of suspected fentanyl, a quantity suspected crack cocaine, a non-firearm restricted weapon, paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking and Canadian currency.

Police also observed signs the driver may have been impaired. A road-side Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) was conducted, the results of which led to the driver’s arrest on suspicion of impaired driving.

The accused was transported to the TBPS headquarters at 1200 Balmoral Street for further evaluation by a Drug Recognition Expert. The DRE confirmed the motorist was impaired by drug.

The passengers were also arrested and transported to the TBPS headquarters.

Isaiah LAVIN, 20, of Toronto, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Schedule 1 Drug for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Obstruct Peace Officer
• Carrying Concealed Weapon

Jana REHOU, 18, of Kitchener, Ont., is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Methylenedioxyamphetamine (ecstasy)
• Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired

A 16-year-old Toronto male is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
• Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon

The youth cannot be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

All three appeared in bail court on Tuesday, January 26 and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

All of the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.