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More than 1,600 charges laid by OPP’s Central Region during Labour Day long weekend blitz

Sep 12, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Seven cannabis-related charges laid, more than 900 charges for speeding

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During Labour Day weekend, the Central Region of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid more than 1,600 charges related to infractions on roadways, trails and waterways.

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Speeding accounted for 944 of the charges, followed by seatbelt charges (134) and insurance-related charges (83), according to a news release from the OPP.

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There were also 24 impaired driving charges, 14 charges related to the Liquor Licence Control Act and seven charges for cannabis-related offences.

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  2. police were following a vehicle when they detected a strong cannabis smell. /

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  3. The driver was charged with possession for the purpose of distribution, possession of over 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place, possession of proceeds obtained by crime over $5,000 and driving with cannabis readily available. /

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In total, 1,634 charges were laid.

“Excessive speed and dangerous driving continue to threaten the safety of all road users,” OPP noted in the release. It added that as students return to school, there is “no excuse for risky driving behaviours on our roads when lives are on the line.”

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Among others, OPP Central Region detachments include Huntsville, Orillia, Peterborough County, Southern Georgian Bay, Dufferin County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The City of Kawartha Lakes, in particular, has been a site of numerous cannabis finds over the past year. In April, three people were arrested after police seized more than $6 million worth of illegal cannabis and cannabis-related products.

Executing five search warrants, three on residential properties and two on vehicles, officers seized about 470 kilograms of processed cannabis, 100 kilograms of hash, 100 kilograms of cannabis edibles, 80 kilograms of cannabis resin, 80 kilograms of cannabis distillate, seven kilograms of cannabis shatter and 700 grams psilocybin.

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That bust followed another multi-million dollar seizure in the summer of 2021, when police recovered the equivalent of four dump trucks” full of cannabis.

More than 6,000 plants with an estimated value of $6.2 million were seized from a Kirkfield residence. Police also seized two forklifts, a skid steer and multiple Health Canada licences.

The raid led to charges against seven people, hailing from Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

During the August long weekend, nearly 7,000 Ontario motorists were charged by the OPP with various traffic-related offences. During that spree, speeding was again the leading infraction, accounting for more than 4,200 charges.

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