Sarnia police briefs: Arrest made in cocaine trafficking investigation

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A 41-year-old man was charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking after a police search in Sarnia Friday is alleged to have found cocaine with a street value of nearly $2,000.

City vice unit officers, who had already been granted a search warrant, were watching an address in the 100 block of Front Street North at about 4 p.m. Friday when they arrested a suspect as he was leaving, police said.

It’s alleged a search of the residence turned up 16.6 grams of cocaine and $5,010 in cash, police said.

Cars keyed, tires slashed and children’s playground damaged

Sarnia police are asking for the public’s help to track down suspects who damaged children’s play equipment in Canatara Park.

Sarnia police provided this photograph of playground equipment in Canatara Park that has been damaged.
Sarnia police provided this photograph of playground equipment in Canatara Park that has been damaged. Photo by Handout

Police said someone melted plastic pieces of the equipment in the Rotary Club play area near the large pavilion at the northwest side of the park.

Police said there were also 14 reports of vehicles being keyed or tires slashed between Saturday evening and Sunday morning on Old Lakeshore Road, Morningside Drive, Poplar Lane and other nearby streets.

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“These acts serve no purpose other than to cost individuals money, inconvenience people, and deface our community,” police said in a news release.

Police are asking anyone with information about the damage to the vehicles, or the damage to the play equipment, to call police headquarters at 519-344-8861, or Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police warn about scam

Sarnia police issued a warning about a phone and bank account scam that surfaced recently in the city.

Police said a local woman received a call claiming her bank account had fraudulent activity. She was asked for account information and the scammer told her to download a program to help secure the accounts.

The program allowed the suspect to take over the victim’s computer but, when the victim saw that happening, she unplugged the computer and contacted her bank to freeze her accounts and credit cards and no money was lost, police said.

“Please be very cautious when receiving these sorts of calls.,” police said in a news release. “If you are suspicious or it seems as if the caller is requesting information that is sensitive, such as credit card numbers and passwords, please hang up and call the institution yourself.”

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