April 3, 2019 1:17 pm

Stolen bike investigation turns up $10K in meth

Joe Scarpelli / Global News

A trio of suspected bike thieves got in more trouble than they expected when a police search uncovered meth, weapons and paraphernalia.

Police said they were called to the 200 block of Burrows Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, where they found a minivan parked behind a house and a man in the back of the van with a mountain bike and a reciprocating saw.

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The man was arrested, as was a woman in the front of the van. Police said they found a third suspect between the houses, who had $10,000 in meth, a switchblade knife and a scale in his possession. A search of the van also turned up five cell phones.

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Michael John Desmarais, 27, faces charges of possessing meth for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of failing to comply with conditions, possessing a prohibited or restricted weapon, possessing a prohibited record contrary to a prohibition order, and possessing proceeds of crime.

Jolene Kristen Pottinger, also 27, was charged with failing to comply with a recognizance and one outstanding warrant.

Both were detained in custody.

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