KENORA – The COVID-19 Pandemic does not seem to be impacting the persons in Ontario who are engaged in the sales of illegal drugs. The Kenora Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with the assistance of Organized Crime and Enforcement Unit (OCEB) – Kenora Drug Unit, Kenora Street Crime Unit and the Northwest Canine Unit have laid trafficking charges after a vehicle stop on Highway 17A.
The OPP report that on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at approximately 12:55 am, detachment officers were on general law enforcement duties on Highway 17A and Veterans Drive.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a Highway Traffic Act violation.
Upon further investigation, police located and seized a large amount of Canadian currency, approximately 202 grams of suspected cocaine, 54 grams of crack cocaine, oxycodone pills and items associated with the drug trade. The estimated street value of the drugs is $30,031.
As a result of this investigation, a 56-year-old from North York Ontario has been charged with the following under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act:
- Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking-Cocaine
- Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Opioid (other than heroin)
The accused was also charged with Failure to comply with Release Order-other than to attend court under the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused appeared in Kenora bail court on Monday, May 4, 2020 to answer to the charges. None of the charges have been proven in court.