East Street Bust Nets Drugs and Firearms

On June 13, 2024, detectives with the Crime Suppression Unit and Drug Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the Canine Unit, Emergency Services Unit, Patrol Services, and Ontario Provincial Police, charged Adam Arab, Jonathan Campbell, Shasta Leziert, and Shqwan Ross with several drug and firearm offences.

Around 3:00 p.m., detectives executed a search warrant at a unit within a multi-unit residence building in the 0-100 block of East Street. Upon entry, two accused were located inside the residence and were arrested. Shqwan Ross jumped from a balcony onto the ground and was apprehended and arrested by the Canine Unit and Emergency Services Unit. Adam Arab jumped from a balcony onto a vehicle, damaging it. They were also quickly apprehended by the Canine Unit and Emergency Services Unit and arrested.

A search of the residence located approximately 238 grams of suspected fentanyl, approximately 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine, packaging materials, weigh scales, a handgun, ammunition, and $1,857.10 in Canadian currency. The total estimated street value of drugs seized is $37,474.50.

18-year-old Adam Arab of Newmarket, Ontario, is charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of Schedule I Substance for Purpose of Trafficking x2
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5,000
  • Mischief – Under $5,000
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Careless Storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device, or Ammunition x2

41-year-old Jonathan Campbell of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of Schedule I Substance for Purpose of Trafficking x2
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5,000
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Careless Storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device, or Ammunition x2

39-year-old Shasta Leziert of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of Schedule I Substance for Purpose of Trafficking x2
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5,000
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Careless Storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device, or Ammunition x2
  • Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x2
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order x3

19-year-old Shqwan Ross of Toronto, Ontario, is charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of Schedule I Substance for Purpose of Trafficking x2
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5,000
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Careless Storage of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device, or Ammunition x2

All four accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

“This investigation has once again revealed that criminals from outside our community are bringing in poison and profiting from the pain of our most vulnerable,” said Chief Hugh Stevenson. “We are committed to using every resource at our disposal to find these drugs, remove them from our streets, and protect the people we serve.”

Since January 1, 2024, Sault Police have seized:

  • $332,514 in illicit drugs (including the above totals)
  • 44 firearms (including the above totals)
  • $73,934.95 in Canadian currency (including the above totals)

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