Man charged with setting traps likely to cause bodily harm

A Parry Sound man’s been charged with setting traps likely to cause bodily harm after a search warrant was executed revealing a sizable amount of pot, growing equipment, ammo and weapons.

On November 3rd, members from the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with members of the OPP Community Drug Action Team, OPP West Parry Sound Crime Unit, the OPP Northeast Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP Canine Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in Parry Sound.

During the investigation over 3500 grams of marijuana was seized.

Additionally, growing equipment, ammunition and weapons were also seized.

The estimated street value of the marijuana seized is approximately $12,000.

As a result of the investigation;

Steven Dingman, 47 years of age from Parry Sound was charged with:

  • Produce a Schedule II Substance (cannabis marihuana), contrary to section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
  • Possession of a Schedule II  Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking  over 3 kg, contrary to section 5(2) of the CDSA
  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance (cannabis Marihuana) over 30g, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
    • Three counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order, contrary to section 117.01(1) of the Criminal Code (CC)

 

  • Set Traps Likely To Cause Bodily Harm, contrary to section 247(1)(b) of the CC

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound, Ontario

 

 

2,600 pot plants discovered south east of Washago

Police have seized and destroyed 2,600 pot plants that were discovered recently in a large outdoor grow operation south east of Washago.

On October 5th, officers attended an address on the 5th Side Road in Ramara Township where they also arrested 10 people who were at the scene. They have all been charged with drug related offences, but were released on a Promise to Appear in Orillia Criminal Court on December 6th.

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with area communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities.

If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Two facing charges after pot found in vehicle on Highway 400

Two men face pot possession charges after their vehicle was stopped by police on Highway 400.

On October 3rd at 1:38am, an officer with the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed a vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 400. A query of the licence plate revealed the registered owner was suspended from driving and a traffic stop was conducted.

During the stop, the officer discovered drugs contained within the vehicle.

As a result of the investigation, Jamil Ajeeb, 24 years of age from Sault Ste. Marie was charged with;

Possession of Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Muslem Mohammad, 26 years of age from Sault Ste. Marie was charged with;

Possession of Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Both were released with an appearance notice compelling them to court to answer to the charges at the Ontario Court of Justice on November 17th.

OPP seeking tips about outdoor marijuana grows

The OPP would like to ask the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity associated with outdoor marijuana harvesting.

Marihuana harvesting season is approaching and the OPP would like the assistance of the public in reporting suspicious activity. Usually outdoor marihuana is kept outdoors as long as possible to maximize the yield. The harvesting usually begins after the first frost of the year as most plants will not typically survive a second frost.

If you are out hiking in remote areas watch for the following telltale signs of outdoor marihuana grow operations:

Hand tools – shovels/rakes. etc.

Power tools – weed eaters/chainsaws. etc.

Watering supplies – hose/pumps/generators. etc.

Soil/peat moss

Fertilizer/grow chemicals

Plastic Barrels

Camouflage netting

GPS and radios

Camp supplies – sleeping bag/stove/lantern/tent. etc.

The OPP is requesting the assistance of the public in reporting potential grow sites. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS. (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or others. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

Two people charged with possession of cannabis

Two Parry Sound residents face charges after police searched a vehicle on Bowes Street last night.

On Tuesday at 7:53pm, an officer with the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop on Bowes Street in Parry Sound.

During the stop, the officer observed a male passenger known to be wanted by police for failing to comply with his recognizance. During the interaction the officer observed Cannabis Marihuana and as such, both males were taken into custody and the vehicle was searched.

As a result of the investigation, Bradey RICHARDS, 18 years of age from Parry Sound was charged with:

Possession of Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana Under 30 grams contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
Fail to Comply with Recognizance, contrary to section 145(3) of the Criminal Code (CC)
Possess unmarked cigarettes, contrary to section 29(2) of the Tobacco Tax Act (TTA)
He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Kenneth MALLETTE, 53 years of age from Parry Sound was charged with:

Possession of Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana Under 30 grams contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
Possession of Schedule I Substance, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA
Possess unmarked cigarettes, contrary to section 29(2) of the TTA

MALLETTE will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on October 20, 2016 to answer to his charges.

Toronto man faces cocaine and pot possession charges

A Toronto man is facing charges after a traffic stop on Atherley Road in Orillia yielded cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

On Thursday August 11th at 5pm police made the stop.

22 yr old Harris BAFFOE-BOADU is charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Cannabis Marihuana.

He was held in custody for a show cause hearing on August 12th in Barrie.

 

44 pounds of pot seized: St. Catherines man facing trafficking charge

A 29 year old St. Catherines man is facing charges after 44 pounds of pot was found in the vehicle he was driving on Highway 400.

On Tuesday May 17th a Barrie OPP officer  conducted a vehicle stop for a traffic infraction on Highway 400 near Ski Trails Rd. in Springwater Township.  The officer determined that marijuana was present in the vehicle and subsequently seized 44 pounds of marijuana.

The driver Steven Gionet of St Catharines was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking – over 3kg.

The accused will appear in Barrie court on Monday July 4th.

 

Big drug bust in Bracebridge

A Smooth Rock Falls man has been charged following a big drug bust in Bracebridge.

OPP responded to a complaint from a motorist on Monday about a possible impaired driver on Highway 11 North at 10pm.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near Taylor Road.

As a result of their investigation, the driver, 55 year-old Daniel Viau of Smooth Rock Falls was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Drug
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance (Cocaine)
  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance (Cannabis) Over 3 Kg for the Purposes of Trafficking
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on June 14th.

Man gets 45 day prison sentence for driving with a suspended license

A 31-year-old Bracebridge man has been handed a 45-day sentence for driving while his licence was under suspension.

Bracebridge court has heard that on July 11th, 2015, the man was pulled over after turning on to Woodridge Street in Bracebridge after a patrolling OPP officer noticed he was driving a grey Ford pickup while his licence was under suspension for unpaid fines.

A search of the vehicle later turned up 12.26 grams of marijuana which was in a clear plastic baggy in a blue tote bag at the back of the truck. Court heard that pot was also found in a used cigarette container.

Judge JD Evans found the man guilty of driving while under suspension and possession of pot.

Defence lawyer Robin Bellows said her client had faced previous drug charges, but that he had completed a 4 and a half year methadone program and been sober for three years.

“It’s unfortunate that we see him before the court (now) for a more minor drug,” she said, adding that there were tryable issues which had not been pursued in the case in relation to who’s pot it actually was.

The man owns a local roofing and framing business for residential properties, has two employees & rarely drove either of the business’s two work vehicles, explained Bellows.

He showed remorse in court for what had happened.

“I’ve done a lot of growing up over the past 4-5 years,” he told Judge Evans. “There’s no excuse for what I’ve done – I knew I shouldn’t be driving.”

Evans ruled he must pay a $500 fine for the pot possession, plus a $150 victim find surcharge.

He received the jail time for the drive while under suspension, which he is to serve intermittently on weekends to allow him to keep working.

A further six month driving suspension looms for the man and a probation term is also in effect which stipulates no drinking or non prescribed drug taking during the sentence.