(FORT FRANCES, ON) – On August 11, 2018 at approximately 9:40 PM, Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) members were on patrol on King’s Highway in Fort Frances when they conducted a vehicle stop at the 500 block.

Officers began a Highway Traffic Act investigation, and the male driver was arrested a short time later. The investigation evolved into a criminal investigation and as a result, he was charged with numerous offences as follows:


Ryan BELL, 26 years of age, of Lavallee Township, has been charged with the following:

  1. Driving while Under Suspension contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario,
  2. Three counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance contrary to section 145(3) of the Criminal Code,
  3. Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose contrary to section 88 of the Criminal Code,
  4. Possession of a Controlled Substance (Schedule I) contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,
  5. Possession of a Controlled Substance (Schedule II) contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,
  6. Two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Schedule I) contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused was held in custody at the time of his arrest, and is awaiting a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Fort Frances on August 27, 2018.

Any person with information regarding the possession or sale of illicit drugs in the Rainy River District is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.


Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. You may access the Crime Stoppers website at:

TRCCTB is searching for a photo of Ryan Bell. Anyone with his photo is asked to email it to

Source: OPP Media Release

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