OPP traffic stops lead to drug charges and arrests

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(BLIND RIVER, ON) – On January 20, 2016, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on regular patrol duties on Causley Street, in the town of Blind River.

At 12:29 p.m., police observed a westbound vehicle on Causley Street and a traffic stop was initiated.  As a result of the investigation police detected an odour of marijuana and the vehicle was searched.  Police located a plastic baggy containing small amount of cannabis marijuana, a cannabis marijuana cigarette and several jars of cannabis resin with an approximate street value over $17000.

Christopher GILLIES, 25 years of age, from Montreal, Quebec, was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Resin – over 1 gram, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marijuana – Under 30 grams, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and
  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Under 3 kilograms.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sault Ste. Marie Bail Court on January 22, 2016.

(BLIND RIVER, ON) – On January 20, 2016, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on snowmobile patrol duties on Matinenda Lake, north of Blind River.

As the officers approached Matinenda Lake landing at Highway 557, they observed a vehicle in the parking lot.  A traffic stop was initiated.  As a result of the investigation police detected an odour of marijuana and the vehicle was searched.  Police located a plastic baggy containing small amount of cannabis marijuana and drug paraphernalia items.

The passenger, Tyra GAUTHIER, 19 years of age, from Blind River was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marijuana – Under 30 grams, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on March 3, 2016.

The OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) launched the Provincial Safety Week on January 14, 2016 with a message for snowmobilers to focus on their own personal safety and well-being of others. The motoring public is also being reminded to watch for snowmobiles along roads or those that cross roads at snowmobile trails.

The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario’s highways, trails and waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death. Initiatives are developed and delivered through the Provincial Traffic Safety Program.

The OFSC is committed to proactive leadership in promoting safe, responsible riding, on and off Ontario snowmobile trails, by building safer snowmobiling knowledge, attitudes and behaviours through rider education, safety legislation development and enforcement.