HOMICIDE IN KANA: TAKON – INFORMATION UPDATE ( AUGUST 16, 2019)

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police, with assistance from U.S. authorities, have taken a suspect into custody in connection with the recent homicide in Kana:takon (St. Regis). An extradition order is being sought. Formal charges are forthcoming.

No further information can be released at this time. The public’s patience is appreciated.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service at 613-575-2340 or the Akwesasne Crime Stoppers at 613-575-2255.

Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display. You will not be required to testify in court and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

HOMICIDE IN KANA: TAKON – INFORMATION UPDATE (August 14, 2019)

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service is continuing to investigate a recent homicide that occurred on Sunday, August 11, 2019, in the district of Kana:takon (St. Regis).  The victim has been identified as Jeffrey Allen Lazore-Arquette (age 58) of Akwesasne. 

AMPS investigators were called to the scene and the scene was secured and processed with assistance from the Sûreté du Quebec Forensic Identification Unit. The scene has since been released. A post mortem examination has been performed and investigators are waiting for the complete report.

At this time, no arrests have been made in relation to this incident. The investigation is ongoing and police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk.

No further information will be released at this time.

Investigators are confident that someone has information that will help solve this investigation and provide closure for the family. Anyone with information is urged to call the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service at 613-575-2340 or the Akwesasne Crime Stoppers at 613-575-2255.

Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display. You will not be required to testify in court and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

AMPS INVESTIGATNG HOMICIDE IN KANA:TAKON

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service is currently investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, August 11, 2019, in the district of Kana:takon (St. Regis).

The investigation ensued in the early morning when police and EMT’s responded to a residence where a male victim was found with an unknown injury. Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance transported the victim to Cornwall Community Hospital at which point he was airlifted to Ottawa. 

The victim identified as Jeffrey Allen Lazore-Arquette (age 58) of Akwesasne, succumbed to his injuries at the Ottawa hospital. 

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police and the Surete du Quebec Identification Unit are currently securing the scene of the investigation.

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information potentially relevant to the ongoing investigation to contact the Akwesasne Mohawk Police or the local Crime Stoppers at 613-575-2255.

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.

JOINT INVESTIGATION CONCERNING A HOMICIDE IN AKWESASNE

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