Traffic Stop Yields Tobacco and Cannabis Charges for Erik LAPISH of Echo Bay

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Fort Frances, ON — On the evening of December 20, 2023, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on routine patrol along Second Street East in Fort Frances conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle due to a Highway Traffic Act violation.

Charges Laid:

As a result of the traffic stop, Erik LAPISH, a 51-year-old resident of Echo Bay, Ontario, is now facing charges under various provincial acts, including the Tobacco Tax Act, Cannabis Control Act, and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. The charges include:

  • Fail to surrender insurance for a motor vehicle.
  • Drive a vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available.
  • Possession of unmarked cigarettes.

Seizure of Unmarked Cigarettes:

During the course of the investigation, the OPP seized more than 200 unmarked cigarettes from the accused.

Anonymous Reporting:

Individuals who wish to provide information anonymously or report a crime can reach out to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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