Eight arrested near Mandaumin and Churchill for armed robbery

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Blake Ellis/The Independent

Eight people were arrested in a home in Plympton-Wyoming after an armed robbery in Sarnia.

Lambton OPP’s police board heard Monday there was a report of an armed robbery in Sarnia April 25. A description of a vehicle was sent to Lambton OPP and officers identified it in the area of Churchill Line and Mandaumin Road.

The vehicle fled and the police did not pursue it, concerned about safety.

The vehicle was later located by police at a drug house in the area of Mandaumin Road and Churchill Line.

Lambton OPP set up to observe the area and when the vehicle tried to flee, police were able to stop the vehicle and arrest eight people.

Police seized 11 ounces of cocaine, three ounces of fentanyl and a loaded 38 calibre hand gun.
There was a brief moment where officers had a barricaded person, but this situation was resolved quickly and safely, said Acting Staff Sergeant Rick Mathieson of the Lambton OPP.

Mathieson was giving a report to the Lambton Group Police Services Board at its meeting on April 29 on police activity in January and February when Lambton OPP Inspector Chris Avery asked him to tell the board about the recent incident.

The names of those arrested nor the charges they face have not yet been released.

Mathieson relayed details of several other drug related arrests in January and February including two search warrants in St. Clair Township where four people were arrested and eight charges laid. Police seized 73 grams of cocaine and 20 grams of fentanyl. As a result, another search warrant was executed in Petrolia of a storage area where $2,000 was seized and a further charge of possessing property obtained by crime was laid.

On Walpole Island, three people were arrested for drug trafficking on the First Nation. A total of 132 grams of fentanyl and 11 grams of raw fentanyl was seized, along with cash totalling $1,000.