Red Lake, Ontario – A recent traffic stop conducted by the Red Lake Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment resulted in the discovery of various illicit substances and multiple charges under different acts.
On April 30, 2023, at approximately 6:17 p.m., officers from the Red Lake OPP Detachment intercepted a vehicle on Highway 105 near Chukuni River following two separate reports of erratic driving. Suspecting impairment by drugs, the driver was subjected to a Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST). Unfortunately, the driver failed the test and was subsequently arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired. They were then taken to the Red Lake Detachment for further testing.
During the investigation, law enforcement seized small amounts of suspected cannabis and cocaine. Additionally, they confiscated Canadian currency and items associated with drug trafficking.
Anthony JOYNT, a 21-year-old resident of Warren, has been charged with the following offenses:
- Possession of a Schedule I substance (cocaine) for the purpose of trafficking, in contravention of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
- Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000, in Canada, as per the Criminal Code (CC)
- Driving a vehicle or boat with readily available cannabis, in violation of the Cannabis Control Act 2017 (CCA)
- Driving a motor vehicle with an open container of liquor, contrary to the Liquor Licence Control Act (LLCA)
- Failure to notify change of address, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
The accused was held for bail court but was subsequently released on a release order. Their next court appearance is scheduled at the Ontario Court of Justice in Red Lake on May 18, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. It is important to note that the accused has also received a three-day suspension for driving under the influence.
The OPP remains dedicated to ensuring the safety of all individuals using Ontario’s roadways. The public is strongly encouraged to report any instances of impaired driving by dialing 911 in emergency situations. Complaints regarding impaired, aggressive, or careless driving can also be made by calling 1-888-310-1122. For those who prefer to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).