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Four people charged following drug raid in Ontario

Oct 26, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Ontario Provincial Police discovered cocaine, psilocybin, LSD, drug paraphernalia and cash

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Four individuals in Ontario have been charged in connection with an ongoing drug investigation involving drugs ranging from cocaine to psilocybin.

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In a Facebook post this week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced that a joint team executed a search warrant in Orangeville on Oct. 21 and seized an unspecified amount of illegal drugs.

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Members of the OPP’s Dufferin Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), the Central Region Canine Unit and the Caledon CSCU confiscated more than a half kilogram of cocaine, unspecified amounts of psilocybin and LSD, drug paraphilia (a scale), a cellphone and over $6,000 in cash, the post states.

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Beyond the drugs and cash, the OPP arrested four individuals, charging them with multiple offences. Specifically, a 58-year-old has been charged with trafficking in Schedule I substance (cocaine), possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine), two counts of possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of more than $5,000 in proceeds of property obtained by crime.

Additionally, a 46-year-old, 55-year-old and 35-year have each been charged with possession of cocaine. All four accused are scheduled to attend Orangeville court in December.

Although cannabis is legal in Canada, possession of more than 30 grams of dried flower (or the equivalent product) “can result in a ticket for very small amounts over the legal limit or up to a maximum of five years in jail,” according to Kruse Law.

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The potential penalties for minor drug (which includes psilocybin) possession offences “range from fines between $250 and $500 to combined fines and prison sentences up to $2,000 and one year in prison for a second offence,” notes information from Saini Law. As for cocaine, a Schedule 1 drug, the maximum term of imprisonment is 25 years for trafficking the substance.

OPP officers had a considerably easier time finding another mix of drugs earlier this month.

After a concerned citizen reported a car had not moved from an intersection in Penetanguishene for a “significant length of time,” police found a man asleep in the vehicle. But officers found more than the location-challenged sleeper; they also discovered large quantities of cocaine, fentanyl and cash.

The man in question had his vehicle impounded, his licence suspended for 90 days and faces multiple charges, as well.

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