Three Charged with Weapon and Drug Offences

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Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Stealth Cruiser

On January 27, 2021 officers with the Crime Suppression Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit and the Emergency Services Unit charged 43-year-old Joseph Desrochers, 32 year-old Ashely Swanson and a 17-year-old female with weapon and drug offences.

At 7:10 p.m. offices executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Queen Street East. Once inside officers located the three accused and they were arrested. During a subsequent search of the area of arrest officers located a 12 gauge shotgun which had been reported stolen, ammunition, bear mace and a small quantity of suspected cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Mr. Desrochers is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, two counts of careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm obtained by crime and three counts of breach of recognizance, He was held for bail court.

Ms. Swanson is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, two counts of careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm obtained by crime, obstructing a peace officer and three counts of breach of recognizance. She was held for bail court.

The 17-year-old is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, two counts of careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm obtained by crime. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 16, 2021.

A Shotgun was seized.