Man apologizes for his role in Sarnia drug bust

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A Windsor man says he’s sorry for bringing fentanyl into the Sarnia community.

Owen Cazes, 28, plead guilty in Sarnia’s Ontario Court of Justice on May 20 to drug possession and weapons charges following a raid on a Sarnia home last October. 

Upon entering the Cobden St. home, Sarnia Police discovered Cazes with a machete, a modified metal bat, and fentanyl. Cazes was on bail and under six separate prohibition orders at the time of this arrest.

“I’d like to apologize to the community for having these drugs in the community,” Cazes said right before his sentence was passed.

Justice Deborah Austin sentenced Cazes to six additional months on the Sarnia charges, and used credits from his pre-sentence custody to cover the 180 days. 

“I take your guilty plea as an expression of remorse. You have gone further than that by apologizing, as you ought to, to the community and your lawyer,” Judge Austin said as she read her decision. “It is the community that is greatly harmed by fentanyl and by a dangerous situation where weapons are in your possession at the same time as a dangerous drug such as fentanyl.”

Cazes made his appearance from the Southwest Detention Centre in Windsor, where he is serving a seven year sentence after being convicted of 13 charges in Windsor’s Superior Court this March. This includes an armed car robbery in December 2017 where he forced a woman from her vehicle with a shotgun.