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Driver sobriety check yields over $25,000 in seized drugs and cash

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A 40-year-old man is facing 15 charges including drug possession and trafficking after a traffic stop earlier this month.

West Parry Sound OPP’s Constable Joe Scali says the July 9 traffic stop, which happened on Bowes Street, started off as a driver sobriety check. 

According to police, following the vehicle stop, officers seized over $20,000 of suspected cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and over $5,000 in cash.

The driver, a 40-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested and faces the following charges;

  1. Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  2. Operation while prohibited under the criminal code, contrary to Section 320.18(1)(a) CC
  3. Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) CC
  4. Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) CC
  5. Possession of an identity document, contrary to Section 56.1CC (five counts)
  6. Possession of a Schedule I Substance -methamphetamine, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
  7. Possession of a Schedule I Substance – other drug, contrary to section 4(1) CDSA
  8. Trafficking in Schedule I Substance – cocaine, contrary to section 5(1) CDSA
  9. Trafficking in Schedule I Substance – Opioid (other than heroin) contrary to section 5(1) CDSA
  10. Operate motor vehicle without insurance, contrary to Section2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
  11. Drive while under suspension, contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

The OPP says the accused remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on August 4th.

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