Cocaine, weapons charges as unmarked police cruiser damaged

By Lindsay Advocate

Charges have been laid in cocaine trafficking, failing to stop for police, and possession of a concealed weapon, among others, as Kawartha Lakes Police made three arrests yesterday in a Colborne Street East incident.

A Kawartha Lakes unmarked police cruiser also sustained damage while officers attempted to stop a vehicle containing people suspected of trafficking in drugs.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of Oct. 12 when a marked Kawartha Lakes Police vehicle attempted to stop another vehicle.

When the cruiser activated its emergency lighting the vehicle continued westbound on Colborne Street East, making no effort to stop for police. The vehicle continued, ignoring the marked cruiser until officers in an unmarked vehicle manoeuvred their vehicle in front of the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspect’s vehicle then struck the passenger side of the unmarked police cruiser before coming to a stop. Police arrested all three occupants, and a quantity of cocaine, cash and an electric stun gun were located.

Charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking is 29-year-old Randy Laughlin and 22-year-old Julia Dudman both of no fixed address. Laughlin was also charged with possession of the property obtained by crime under $5000.00, failing to stop for police, and driving while under suspension.

The third person in the vehicle, 29-year-old Justin Bolger of Lindsay, has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a concealed prohibited weapon, two counts of failing to comply with a weapons prohibition and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.

Laughlin was detained in custody and will appear in the Lindsay Court of Justice for a bail hearing on Oct. 13. Dudman and Bolger were both released from custody and will appear in the Lindsay Court of Justice on Oct.16.

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