Four charged with weapons trafficking

OPP show off weapons seized during a traffic stop near Prescott, Ont. on Sept. 7, 2022 following a six month investigation. OPP have now arrested four people -- two from Cornwall and two from Akwesasne -- in relation to this investigation. (OPP via Newswatch Group)

AKWESASNE – Four people – two from Cornwall and two from Akwesasne – are facing weapons trafficking charges after a police search on Cornwall Island Wednesday.

Provincial police say they searched a home on International Road and seized ammunition, a laptop and cell phones.

Two people were arrested at the scene, while a third was arrested by OPP in Cornwall. A fourth suspect turned themselves in to police.

It was part of a larger investigation in Eastern Ontario by OPP, the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The arrests were in connection to a seizure of 46 firearms during a traffic stop on Highway 401 near Prescott in September last year. Two people from Ottawa were arrested and charged.

Following this latest search, charged are 30-year-old Jordan Lazore and 30-year-old Amanda Poirier, both of Akwesasne and 39-year-old Brandon Laffin and 35-year-old Jennifer O’Byrne, both of Cornwall.

Each are facing single counts of possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, importing an unauthorized firearm, having knowledge of the importation of an unauthorized firearm and conspiracy.

Lazore is facing an additional charge of careless storage of a firearm while Poirier is facing an additional charge of possession of an opioid.

Lazore and Laffin appeared in a Cornwall court yesterday for a bail hearing. Poirier and O’Byrne will appear in a Cornwall court on March 14.