RIDE check results in drug seziure

LITTLE CURRENTOn Saturday, October 10 at 8:30 pm, the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting a R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Enforcement) stop check on Highway 540 and Boozeneck Road in Little Current. A red Dodge Caravan vehicle entered the check and upon the officer talking with the driver a strong odour of marijuana was detected. This interaction led to further investigation and search of the vehicle which produced a large quantity of marijuana and an amount of cocaine being seized.

As a result of this investigation the driver of the vehicle, a 35-year-old male of Whitefish River First Nation, has been arrested and charged with the following offenses: Possession of Schedule II (marijuana) Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; Possession of Schedule I (cocaine) Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; Possession of Schedule II (marijuana) Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; and Possession of Schedule II (cocaine) Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.

The passenger of the vehicle, a 29-year-old female of Birch Island, has also been arrested and charged with the following offences: Possession of Schedule II (marijuana) Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; and Possession of Schedule I (cocaine) Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; Possession of Schedule II (marijuana) Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; and Possession of Schedule II (Cocaine) Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.

Both persons were later released on a Promise to Appear for Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on the November 30, 2015.