Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Possession Charges for Kenora and Stonewall Men


Fort Frances – NEWS – Shortly after 8:00 pm on January 20, 2021 members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police conducted a traffic stop for a Highway Traffic Act violation.

Further investigation by police at the traffic stop lead to grounds to arrest the driver and passenger for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

A search incident to arrest was conducted and officers located and seized evidence of controlled substances.

A black pistol style pellet gun, as well and personal use amounts of

  • Methamphetamine;
  • Fentanyl; and
  • Oxycodone

Jonathan Hendrickson (22) of Kenora has been charged criminally with:

  • Obstruct peace officer; and
  • 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance – schedule I.

Austin Laxdel (25) of Stonewall, Manitoba has been charged criminally with

  • 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance – Schedule I.

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