Press Release

CDSA drug warrant executed

On Friday the 22nd of October 2021 Smiths Falls Police, Ottawa Police Guns and Gang unit and OPP CSCU team executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Act search warrant at a residence on Elmsley St. During the five month long investigation by Ottawa Guns and Gangs they linked this Smiths Falls address as one having connection to drug trafficking that stemmed from the Ottawa area.  

Charged jointly with the following;

Possession for the Purpose of trafficking and possession (fentanyl), possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession  (Cocaine), Possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession (hydromorphone), possession for the purpose of trafficking Schedule 3 and possession (methylphenidate), possession of a prohibited weapon (pepper spray), breach of a court order and breach of probation. Police also laid charges of possession of property obtained by crime after locating a boat motor in the residence that had been reported stolen from a business in the Smiths Falls area Oct 11th. The boat and trailer had been recovered but the motor had not. It was valued at over $12,000.

Joseph James (JJ) Bancroft (age 44) of Smiths Falls and Katelyn Beckstead (age 27) were charged with all the above mentioned offences. They were both later released at a bail hearing on conditions to abide by.     

We would like to thank our community partners with OPS G&G unit and OPP CSCU with your continued support and collaboration in doing all we can to prevent these harmful narcotics from coming into our communities and into the hands of our youth.      

Male charged with breaching his release order

On the 14th of October 2021 the accused before the courts, John Perry (age 49) of Smiths Falls was released after a bail hearing to abide by conditions to reside in Gatineau. He never showed. Police arrested the male on the 24th of October 2021 after receiving a complaint that he was at a friends’ residence causing damage to the front windows.    

Charged with 3 counts of failing to comply with release order, mischief damaging property is 49 year old John Perry. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

***The charges in these matters have not been proven in court***

The Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Driving complaint leads to impaired driving charges

On Monday October 11, 2021 at approximately 2:21 p.m., police received a call from a concerned motorist in regards to a vehicle travelling southbound on highway 15 north and entering the Town of Smiths Falls.  Police located and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Investigation revealed that the driver, 32 year old Gurjot BHINDER, of Smiths Falls, was impaired by alcohol and was subsequently placed under arrest. 

BHINDER stands charged with: Impaired driving and Impaired driving by having a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 milligrams.  His driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 7 days as a result.

BHINDER was later released and will appear in court at a future date to answer to these charges.

Traffic stop leads to impaired driving charges

On Tuesday October 12, 2021 at approximately 12:31 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on Elmsley Street North for a traffic violation.  Investigation revealed that the driver, 58 year old, William WILKINSON, of Lombardy, was impaired by alcohol and subsequently placed under arrest. WILKINSON refused to provide samples of his breath to police upon demand. 

WILKINSON stands charged with:  Impaired driving, Refusing to provide samples of his breath and a breach of a court ordered release condition.  His driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 7 days as a result.

WILKINSON was held for a bail hearing to answer to these outstanding charges.

Motor vehicle collision leads to impaired driving charges

On Wednesday October 13, 2021 at approximately 8:37 p.m., police received a call for a two vehicle motor vehicle accident on Abbott Street North.  Investigation revealed that the driver, 54 year old, Mary WILSON, of Smiths Falls, was impaired by alcohol and subsequently placed under arrest.

WILSON stands charged with:  Impaired driving and Impaired driving by having a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 milligrams.  Her driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 7 days as a result.

WILSON was later released and will appear in court at a future date to answer to these charges.

Male arrested for domestic related offences

On Thursday October 14, 2021, at approximately 9:15 a.m., police located and arrested a 20 year old male suspect, of Kingston, Ontario, for unwanted contact with his ex-partner.  The suspect was also found to have breached two of his Probation Order release conditions. 

The suspect stands charged with one count of Criminal Harassment and two counts of breaching his Probation Order release conditions.  The suspect was held for a bail hearing to answer to these charges against him. 

***The charges in these matters have not been proven in court***

Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Males arrested for theft

On the 22nd of September 2021 a 33 year old male was arrested and later released from stealing product from a local store. He is to appear in court at a later date.

On this same date- a 32 year old Smiths Falls resident was also identified as another male who allegedly was stealing product from a local store. On the 27th of September 21 this same male was identified leaving the scene of an accident after striking a house on Aberdeen Ave with his vehicle. He fled the area prior to police arrival.

On the 29th of September 21 a plain clothed officer observed the suspect in a pick-up truck at the intersection of Lombard and Beckwith St. The vehicle was blocked in by police, the male ran from the police but was arrested in a yard on Brockville St. The accused continued to resist arrest. Charged with theft, drive disqualified, drive under suspension, fail to report accident, 4 counts of failing to comply with an undertaking, 2 counts of breach of a probation order, 2 counts of resisting arrest of a peace officer and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance is 32 year old Jordon Wilkinson of Smiths Falls. He’s currently in custody pending a bail hearing.

Male arrested for failing to comply

On the 6th of September 2021 the accused 30 year old Lyle Daye was arrested for trespassing by night after allegedly going through other people’s yards. He was released to abide by a curfew. On the 24th of September 21 he was checked by police and was not in his residence. A warrant was sought and the accused was arrested on the 7th of October 21. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Traffic stop leads to foot pursuit and arrest

On the 28th of September 21 an officer attempted to stop a motor vehicle on Queen St when two males fled. They were quickly apprehended. Charged with drive disqualified is 37 year old  Elmer Miller of Oxford Mills and arrested on an outstanding Ottawa Police domestic warrant was a 37 year old Smiths Falls resident.  

Traffic stop leads to arrest;

On the 7th of October 2021 50 year old John Perry was arrested at a traffic stop for drive while under suspension. Investigation revealed the male was in breach of a release order and further was in possession of a controlled substance. The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.     

Numerous Mischief and harassment charges laid

Over the summer months and fall, police have been investigating written derogatory messages towards different police officers in and around the park areas.

On the 7th of October 21 a report was made about a male criminally harassing and threatening a female property manager on Main St W.

Police were able to link the accused to these events and charge him with 15 counts of mischief, 3 counts of failing to comply with probation, 2 counts of resisting arrest, 2 counts of criminal harassment and 1 count of uttering a death threat. 63 year old Steven Stoddard of Smiths Falls is currently in custody pending a bail hearing.    

 ***The charges in these matters have not been proven in court***

The Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).