Highway 17 Traffic Stop Drug Bust, Again

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(BALDWIN, ON) – Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had occasion to stop the same motor vehicle with the same driver twice this summer. The driver was found contravening the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), Criminal Code (CC), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Cannabis Control Act 2017 (CCA 2017) in both instances.

On August 31, 2019, at approximately 1:04 a.m., OPP officers stopped a vehicle travelling on Highway 17 in Baldwin Township, Ontario.  Officers found the driver to be suspended in the Province of Ontario.  Further investigation revealed the driver to be in possession of controlled drugs, and an amount of Canadian currency.

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As a result, 35 year old Justin SOLOMON, of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, was charged with the following:

  • Driving While Under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the HTA (two counts);
  • Operation While Prohibited, contrary to section 320.18 of the CC;
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Other Drugs, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA;
  • Drive Vehicle or Boat with Cannabis Readily Available, contrary to section 12(1) of the CCA 2017;
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000.00 – in Canada, contrary to section 345(1)(a) of the CC;
  • Improper Left Turn, contrary to section 141(6) of the HTA.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola, on October 21, 2019. The vehicle was towed and impounded for 45 days.

On June 8, 2019, at approximately 5:47 a.m., the same driver, was investigated in a traffic stop on Highway 6 in Espanola and charged with the following:

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  • Driving While Under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the HTA (two counts);
  • Operation While Prohibited, contrary to section 320.18 of the CC;
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Other Drugs, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA;
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Opioid (other than heroin), contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA (three counts);
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000.00 – in Canada, contrary to section 345(1)(a) of the CC;
  • Drive Vehicle or Boat with Cannabis Readily Available, contrary to section 12(1) of the CCA 2017;
  • Unlawful Distribution, contrary to section 6(2) of the CCA 2017;

The accused was scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola, on July 29, 2019 and the vehicle he was driving was impounded for 45 days. He is now scheduled to attend for all matters on October 21, 2019.

Remember, police actively patrol our highways at all hours of the day and night. The OPP remains committed to ensuring Ontario roads are safe for all users who are permitted to drive. Driving is a privilege not a right.

If you are aware of a suspended or prohibited driver, please call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or submit information online at to www.sudburycrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

Source: OPP

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