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RIDE check leads to drug bust for two southern teen travellers

Two 19-year-olds, one from Ajax, the other from Toronto, arrested at impaired driving spot check on Highway 6 in Espanola
RIDE check

Two teenage travellers from southern Ontario have been arrested and charged with drug offences after a vehicle was stopped at a RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) check in Espanola.

On May 16 shortly before 2:00 a.m., the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service (WTPS) were conducting an impaired driving spot check on Highway 6 in Espanola. 

“A vehicle was stopped for a Highway Traffic Act violation,” police said in a news release. The HTA violation charges appear to have been from neither person wearing seatbelts. “After further investigation, it was revealed that two of the passengers in the vehicle were on conditions not to be around each other. These passengers were subsequently arrested.”

OPP said officers searched the vehicle and located approximately 63 grams of suspected fentanyl and approximately 83 grams of suspected methamphetamine. The drugs carry an estimated street value of approximately $33,000, police said. 

Police also located approximately $10,000 in Canadian currency.

As a result of the investigation, a 19-year-old from Ajax is charged with:

  • Failure to comply with undertaking
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking - two counts
  • Possession property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Passenger - fail to properly wear seat belt

A 19-year-old from Toronto is charged with:

  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Obstruct peace officer
  • Failure to comply with undertaking
  • Passenger - fail to properly wear seat belt

The accused were held in custody and scheduled to appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury Bail Court on May 16.