A Windsor man is facing drug trafficking charges after RCMP seized a cache of oxycodone pills at his residence over the weekend.
Ellis Anderson, 46, was arrested on Saturday shortly before the execution of a search warrant on his Rivard Avenue residence.
The Mounties said they’ve been investigating Anderson since the fall of 2011.
Local RCMP wouldn’t reveal how many oxycodone pills were found at Anderson’s address, but described it as “a large quantity.”
Cpl. Tim Fiset of the RCMP’s Windsor detachment said in a release that drugs “destroy lives, homes and communities.”
Cpl. Annette Bernardon, a spokeswoman for the detachment, said the investigation is continuing and more charges are pending.
Explaining the addictive properties of oxycodone — which is a pharmaceutical — Bernardon described it as “similar to morphine or heroin” but with more of a “euphoric effect.”
“You get high for an hour or two, and then you want that effect all over again, because it’s so euphoric,” she said. “It’s a painkiller — Its medical purpose is (to mitigate) pain.”
Bernardon said investigators believe the accused was selling the pills in the Leamington area.
Anderson is expected to appear in a Windsor courtroom on Sept. 10.
He’s been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Anyone with information about this case or other criminal activities is encouraged to contact RCMP at 1-800-387-0020, or make an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.