Three charged in relation to Picton woman’s death

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

The death of a 47-year-old woman in Picton overnight on Thursday has resulted in drug charges for three individuals in the Quinte area.

On July 2, 2020 shortly before 5:00 a.m., officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a sudden death at a home on Mary Street in Picton.

Members of the Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Service were already on the scene and a 47-year-old female had been pronounced as deceased. The victim was identified as Leanne Champion of Picton. A post mortem examination has been performed, but further testing will be conducted by Ontario Forensic Pathology Services and Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario.

As a result of the ongoing investigation a search warrant was executed in the City of Belleville on Thursday  with the assistance of the Belleville Police Service. 

Two individuals were arrested and charged.

Lisa Bennett, 40, of Belleville, Ontario has been charged under section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) with Trafficking in a Schedule 1 substance. The accused has been remanded in custody until an appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on July 6, 2020.

Kody Aspeck, 31, of Belleville, Ontario has been charged under section 5(1) of the CDSA with Trafficking in a Schedule 1 substance and under section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code with Fail to comply with a Probation Order. The accused has been remanded in custody until an appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on July 7, 2020.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, a search warrant was executed in Quinte West on Friday, involving members of the OPP Emergency Response Team, OPP Canine Unit and OPP Community Street Crime Unit with the assistance of the Belleville Police Service. One individual was arrested. Krzysztof Wolf, 36, of Quinte West, has been charged with trafficking in a schedule 1 substance. The accused remained in custody until an appearance before the Court.

The investigation continues with members of the Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit, Community Street Crime Unit, and East Region Forensic Identification Services Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

-Staff