Rollover on Highway 17 Leads to Weapon, Drug Charges
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Upper Ottawa OPP was investigating a collision, but it turned into a drug bust.
Police were called to a single vehicle accident on Highway 17 around 6 30 AM around new years day. They say a SUV left the road and rolled until it came to a rest on a steep embankment near Cochrane Lane in Laurentian Hills. The vehicle sustained extensive damage but the driver was not seriously injured. However when the vehicle was searched, they found a significant stash of illicit drugs and cash. They also seized a loaded handgun.
As a result of the investigation a 38 year old from Toronto has been received a slew of charges. These include driving impaired while blowing over an 80, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a loaded and a restricted firearm, and possessing property obtained by crime under 5000 dollars. In addition he has been charged with two counts of knowledge of an unauthorised possession of a firearm, three counts of transporting a weapon in a careless manner, and five counts of possessing a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order. The driver has also been charged with possession with the intent to traffic for cocaine, fentanyl and heroin.
The accused has had his licence suspended for 90 days, and remained in custody.