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Random traffic stop yields hard drugs, cash and a suspended licence

Police allege 41-year-old was transporting heroin, cocaine and purple heroin
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(Courtesy OPP)

A late night traffic stop in Espanola yielded a lot more than moving violation for a Manitoulin OPP officer.

The officer pulled over a 41-year-old Espanola man for a routine traffic stop at 12:14 a.m. on Oct. 29 that turned out not to be so routine. After discovering the man was driving with a suspended licence, police report a search of the vehicle turned up a large quantity of hard drugs and cash.

Police didn’t specify the exact quantity of illegal drugs the driver was allegedly transporting, but did say those drugs included purple heroin, heroin and cocaine. Police said the man was also in possession of a large quantity of Canadian currency.

The man was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of an opioid (purple heroin), as well as one count of possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000 (the cash).

He also faces two counts of driving with a suspended licence.

The man was later released on a promise to appear and has a court date set for Dec. 16 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola.