Fort Frances Drug Bust Leads to Arrests and Charges

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Major Operation Yields Arrests and Seizures

In a coordinated law enforcement effort, the Rainy River District OPP and other agencies executed a search warrant in Fort Frances on November 16, 2023. The operation led to the arrest of Randy Martin and Kristen Kaun, with the seizure of cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, hydromorphone, Canadian currency, and drug trafficking paraphernalia.

Criminal Charges and Potential Penalties

Randy Martin’s Charges:
  • Possession for Trafficking (CDSA 5(2)): Four counts, each potentially leading to life imprisonment.
  • Proceeds of Crime (CC 354(1)(a)): Carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (CC 88): Up to 10 years imprisonment.
  • Failure to Comply with Release Order (CC 145(5)(a)): Three counts, each punishable by up to 2 years less a day.
Kristen Kaun’s Charges:
  • Possession for Trafficking (CDSA 5(2)): Similar to Martin, four counts, each with a potential life sentence.
  • Proceeds of Crime (CC 354(1)(a)): As above, maximum of 10 years.
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (CC 88): Up to 10 years imprisonment.

Both individuals are scheduled for a court appearance on November 17, 2023, in Fort Frances.

Helping Keep Your Community Safer

Recognizing illegal drug activities in your neighbourhood is vital for community safety and crime prevention. Here are key indicators to watch for:

  1. Unusual Traffic Patterns: Frequent, short-term visits to a house or property, often at odd hours, can indicate drug dealing.
  2. Strange Odours: Unusual smells, like chemicals or solvents, could suggest drug manufacturing.
  3. Excessive Security Measures: High fences, extensive surveillance cameras, and guard dogs can be red flags, especially if they seem disproportionate to the neighbourhood.
  4. Neglected Property: Drug activities can lead to property neglect, with unkempt lawns, trash buildup, and general disrepair.
  5. Suspicious Paraphernalia: Finding drug paraphernalia, like syringes, pipes, or small plastic bags, in the vicinity is a strong indicator.
  6. Secretive Behaviour: Residents or visitors who appear to go to great lengths to avoid being seen, such as covering windows or using back entrances, may be involved in illicit activities.
  7. Unusual Financial Activity: If neighbours seem to have no visible means of support yet display signs of wealth, it could be a sign of income from illegal activities.
  8. Increased Crime Rates: A rise in local crime, particularly thefts and burglaries, can sometimes be linked to drug activity in the area.
  9. Physical Alterations to Property: Modifications like blacked-out windows, increased ventilation, or structural changes without clear reasons can be signs of drug production.
  10. Change in Neighbourhood Atmosphere: A general sense of unease, decline in community engagement, or an increase in violence or confrontations can be symptomatic of growing drug activity.

The public is encouraged to report any information on illegal drug activities to their local police, the OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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