RCMP’s specialized Emergency Response Team tactical unit needed for Liverpool drug search

by Keith Corcoran

The RCMP's specialized Emergency Response Team (ERT) tactical unit helped with a search and subsequent arrests in Liverpool on July 31 as authorities seized crack cocaine, methamphetamine pills, Ritalin pills, cannabis edibles, and cannabis resin during the investigation.

ERT was needed to ensure officer and public safety, RCMP said in an August 1 news release, but a spokeswoman for the Mounties won't say what any of the specific concerns were that led to the inclusion of ERT in the probe.

Charges have been filed against a man and woman from Queens County in connection with the Brunswick Street search, which got underway at 6 a.m. on the date in question.

Tracy Lynn Ozon, 29, and Jonathan Brian Wood, 27, both of Liverpool, are each accused of possessing cocaine and methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking. Wood is also charged with two counts of breaching his release conditions. Ozon faces additional allegations of drug possession and one charge of breaching her release conditions.

Charges of cocaine possession and possessing methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking are pending against another Queens County man. The 32 year old Hunts Point man cannot be named yet because the allegations have not been filed with the court.

Police don't expect to make any additional arrests in relation to the investigation.

Queens district RCMP officers, and members of specialized police units that probe serious crimes, also assisted with the search, which also yielded the discovery of cash and other drug-related items.

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