Second time in less than a year that officers have faced this kind of weapon
STRATFORD – RCMP officers raiding a home on Holland Drive in Stratford early Saturday morning on a drug warrant were faced with a dangerous situation.
During the search, officers say they were confronted by a suspect with a sword.
No one was injured and the suspect was arrested.
Oddly, this is not the first time in recent memory that RCMP officers have faced such a weapon while conducting an arrest.
A 40-year-old man confronted officers with two swords in October, 2013, during a domestic dispute.
He had to be tasered before he could be arrested.
In this case, RCMP have charged 45 year-old Robert John Long of Stratford with several counts of trafficking in hydromorphone, percocet, methampathamine, and marihuana. Also seized at the scene were numerous items related to trafficking as well as approximately $12,000 in cash.
Long has also been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon and resisting arrest as a result of his confrontation with police, armed with a sword. He has been remanded into custody pending a plea date of January 14.
"RCMP are very concerned about the level of danger this type of activity has in our communities. It's unsettling to know that an individual of this nature can operate out of a neighbourhood busy with families, children and seniors,” said Sgt. Dwayne Loppie, of the Queens District RCMP.
“Combating the illegal trafficking in drugs across the Island is a priority, and we encourage people to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers to report suspicious or unusual activities in your neighbourhood. Considering the amount of drugs seized, we are confident that this seizure will have a significant impact on illegal drug trafficking."