Akwesasne Mohawk Police Seize Guns, Drugs & Cash in Kana:takon

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service conducted a search warrant execution as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation on April 5, 2019 at approximately 7:00 PM at a residence in Kana:takon. The investigation is ongoing; however, one person has been formally charged in Valleyfield Provincial Court while a second person is scheduled to appear at a later date.

Andrew Mitchell Jr., 38, has been formally charged for the following offences:

  • Possession of a scheduled 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking cocaine
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm knowing that the serial number has been altered or removed
  • Two counts of breaching a probation order

An extensive search of a residence on Sweetgrass Lane resulted in the seizure of cocaine, pills, marihuana, packaging materials, 2 handguns, 6 rifles, ammunition, 3 body armor vests, and approximately $16,000 in currency.

According to Chief of Police Shawn Dulude, “The AMPS would like to assure that the community is aware that any information provided to police in criminal matters will be investigated thoroughly. Community safety is of the utmost importance and it is my intention that our agency continues providing quality service to Akwesasronon.”

Chief Dulude concluded by congratulating the officers involved in the investigation, “[It was] a job well done by our investigators and the officers involved in the search warrant.”

Search Warrant Results in Seizure and Arrest

This past Saturday night (December 22, 2018) the Integrated Drug & Crime Unit of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service executed a search warrant at a residence in the District of Tsi Snaihne (Snye).

The late night raid was the result of an ongoing investigation into illicit drug trafficking. The warrant execution resulted in the seizure of various types of drugs, an undetermined quantity of currency as well as firearms. Two people were arrested for offences subject to the Cannabis Act, the Criminal Code of Canada as well as the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. 

Both subjects were remanded to custody and will appear on Thursday, December 27, 2018 for a bail hearing. 

Louis Francis, 36 and Valerie Ann Lazore, 40 were charged accordingly before the Valleyfield Provincial Court on the following charges:

  • Possession of cannabis for unlawful sale and distribution subject to the Cannabis Act
  • Two counts of production of cannabis by altering the chemical or physical properties of cannabis subject to the Cannabis Act
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine subject to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act
  • Possession of a firearm without lawful possession subject to the Criminal Code
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm subject to the Criminal Code Valerie Ann Lazore was additionally charged with obstructing police in the execution of duty subject to the Criminal Code.

According to Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Shawn Dulude, the search warrant was a success as there were items seized at the residence that corroborate the application of the judicial authorization.

“Search warrants are no easy task to obtain, a lot of investigative work is put into the process,” said Chief of Police Dulude. “This was a significant seizure as drugs and guns pose a real safety concern.”

Police seized a large quantity of drugs in various forms and types.

“It will be quite the task to process all the items seized but at this point, I can confirm that there were many seized exhibits that reflect drug trafficking,” added Chief Dulude.


Akwesasne, July 26th 2018 – The Sûreté du Québec’s Crimes Against the Person
Investigation Service, in collaboration with the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service and the St.
Regis Tribal Police, are currently investigating a homicide following the discovery of
unidentified human remains, yesterday, near St. Regis Island, in Akwesasne.

The investigation has revealed that the victim is Kenneth Francis Leaf, 50 years old, from
Akwesasne, who had been missing since January 2018. Investigators from the different police
services are working together in order to identify the perpetrator(s) of this vile crime.
Anyone who has information about this event is asked to contact the Sûreté du Québec’s
Criminal Information Center at 1-800-659-4264.

AMPS Officers Will Be Trained And Equipped With Naloxone Kits

Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service have started to phase in a plan to equip officers with a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of Opioid overdose.

30 AMPS offices will be trained and equipped with Naloxone kits. All uniformed patrol officers will be provided with Naloxone kits to carry while on patrol.

More than half of the patrol officers have already been trained to use the drug.  They will be help those who find themselves in an overdose situation, by administering naloxone, then helping them get the follow-up medical attention they will require.

Naloxone temporarily reverses the effects of opioid drugs like fentanyl, morphine, methadone and heroin.

Chief Dulude expects all 30 officers to start receiving their kits by mid-August.

AMPS Warns Akwesasne of Phone Scammers

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (AMPS) is cautioning the community once again of continued aggressive phone calls being made from persons identifying themselves to be with the Canadian Revenue Agency, or other various government agencies. These individuals are calling area residents from what appears to be local numbers, advising that local police will be arresting them because they owe money to the Canada Revenue Agency.

Tips to Avoid Falling Prey to Scammers:

  • Do not feel pressured to respond to a request until you have a chance to verify the story.
  • Never transfer money, give out credit card, or other financial information until you can verify the person’s identity and determine whether it is legitimate.
  • The Canada Revenue Agency does not ask for payment via prepaid credit cards or wire transfer, nor does it email Canadians and request personal information.
  • Look up published numbers for the Canada Revenue Agency in the telephone book and confirm the legitimacy of the caller’s story.
  • Do not call numbers provided to you by the person who called you.
  • Do not believe what you see as business logos, websites and email addresses. They can easily be duplicated to look legitimate.
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling.
  • Hover your mouse over links to check their true destination. If the URL doesn’t match the link or seems suspicious, don’t click on it.
  • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments from unknown senders.
  • Never provide personal information like your SIN, bank account information or credit card numbers.
  • Update your computer’s anti-virus software

MCA Announces New Acting Chief Of Police

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is advising the community that the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service’s Chief of Police Jerel (Jerry) Swamp is no longer with the MCA, effective March 3, 2017. MCA would like to thank him for his years of service to the community and police department.

Lee Ann O’Brien has been named Acting Chief of Police and Acting Inspector Ranatiiostha Swamp.

Injury Prevention Reminder: Back To School Safety

Seskeha/August 31, 2016

This time of year marks the return of thousands of children to school in Akwesasne. The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service would like to remind everyone to be diligent as our children return to their arrival and departure from school routines. Motor vehicle collisions (MVC) remain a leading cause of injury and we aim to decrease the likelihood of school travel related MVC’s and pedestrian injury with some helpful safety tips. Here are a few of the top tips for drivers and parents:

  • Drivers need to be alert and obey the school safety zone regulations, including speed limits and a general awareness that there are small vulnerable and distracted children around schools, routes to schools, and bus stops. Traveling greater than 30-40 km per hour increases the likelihood of driver error and decreased reaction times.
  • Drivers have to always stop for a school bus. Drivers traveling in both directions must stop when approaching a school bus that has its upper red lights flashing. Ontario fines for not stopping are: First Offense-$400 to $2000 and six demerit points, Second Offense-$1000 to $4000, six demerit points and possible jail time up to six months.
  • Drivers are encouraged to decrease distractions behind the wheel, as well.
  • Distracted driving is a leading cause of death on Ontario roads. We need to turn our music down, our phones off, and eat our breakfast before we get behind the wheel to help keep our distractions behind the wheel limited.
  • Education makes a difference. Parents, please teach your children about school bus safety. Remind them to walk, never run around the school bus zones, to look both ways before crossing, to walk at least 10 steps in front of the bus along the side of the road, and to look to the bus driver for the safe to cross signal before doing so.
  • Pedestrian safety is also essential to and from school. Please make sure everyone walking is wearing bright visible clothing in daylight. As our days become shorter, the only way to be seen by motorists is to have reflective elements on your clothing to provide a 360 degree field of vision for drivers to see pedestrians. For cyclists, please ensure you have your helmet on, properly fitted, and reflective tape on your bike as well as your clothing.

For children under the age of eight either walking or riding a bike, we recommend that they are accompanied by an adult on their entire route to and from school and that they are educated on all safe routes before school starts.

Some Areas Where Motorists Should be Cautious for children getting on and off School Buses:

  • Designated Bus Stops
  • Intersections, curves, and stop signs
  • Truck Stop #9
  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne “Justice” Building
  • Snye Recreation
  • Snye Fire Station
  • Jock’s Store
  • Peace Tree Mall

Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Chief of Police Jerry Swamp states “Whether driving or walking, please be alert, follow the road safety laws, and help us keep our kids safe.”

Released by: Cpl. Cynthia Lord
Contact: Chief Jerry Swamp
Phone: 613-575-2340
Fax: 613-575-2334