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Thursday March 15th, 2012

Posted at 2:12pm

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A man and a woman are facing drug related charges after the execution of a search warrant on the city’s southwest side yesterday evening by Windsor Police.

Just before 7pm Wednesday evening, the Windsor Police Emergency Services Unit stopped a pickup truck containing a man and a woman in the area of Tecumseh Road East near Walker Road. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested without incident.

A subsequent search of the female’s purse revealed 36 grams of cannabis marihuana sealed inside two tuna cans which were seized by the officers.

Then at 7:30pm, police executed a search warrant at a residence located at 2975 Northway Avenue, which is the residence of the male driver of the pickup truck. Upon entering the home, police located and seized 71 sealed tuna cans containing 985 grams of cannabis marihuana. Officers also seized 38 grams of cannabis marihuana resin. The value of the cannabis marihuana and resin seized from the home and truck totaled $11,000.

In addition to locating the cannabis marihuana, police also located and seized a number of items consistent with drug trafficking. In particular, they seized an electronic canning machine and a box of empty tuna cans, two digital scales and a quantity of cash.

Police received information throughout the investigation that the suspect had been packaging and selling the cannabis marihuana inside the tuna cans. Police say the practice of packaging cannabis marihuana inside tuna cans has been wide-spread on Canada’s west coast, however this is a relatively new scheme of packaging the cannabis in the Windsor and surrounding area.

Paul Armstrong aged 41 years of Windsor is charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Robyne Bastien aged 31 years of Windsor is charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.

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