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RIDE check leads to drug trafficking charges outside Toronto Month: April 2017

Month: April 2017

RIDE check leads to drug trafficking charges outside Toronto

Like a fishing trawler dragging a net, sometimes a police stop catches more than was originally intended. For anyone caught, it may seem like an unfair situation. An Ontario Provincial Police RIDE stop near Cambridge recently landed a car full of unwitting people who are now facing drug trafficking charges. On April 20, OPP officers conducting a RIDE check pulled over a vehicle at 12:56 a.m. on the ramp from Highway 24 to the 401. The driver of the vehicle entered the check stop as directed, but fled the scene without coming to a stop. Officers intercepted the vehicle further down the highway…

New bill could allow police more leeway to stop impaired driving

In most cases, simple suspicion is insufficient grounds for a police officer to detain a citizen. Probable cause is required in most instances before an officer may probe a matter further. Proposed new federal legislation may give police the right to partially circumvent that necessity in an effort to reduce impaired driving in Ontario, and across the country. As the law currently stands, a police officer may only administer a sobriety test with a screening device if he or she has reasonable cause to suspect a motorist is impaired. Under the terms of Bill C-46, introduced on April 13, any motorist legally…

Man turns self in after warrant issued for violent crimes

Without knowing the full details of an alleged crime, it can be difficult to understand what truly transpired. As an example, a case in Toronto recently came to light of a man who may simply have been a minor nuisance to a co-worker. As matters stand now, however, the police are involved and a man faces charges for violent crimes. The trouble allegedly began innocently enough back in Dec. 2014. A young woman reported one of her male co-workers began giving her attention she did not want. She informed him that she did not wish his attention, but the man allegedly…

Serious criminal allegations pile up for man after gun is fired

Fleeing the scene of a crime, whether one is guilty or not, is never a good idea. Unfortunately, it is a natural human reaction, but the implications are not good. It is possible a Toronto man may have made his situation worse when he chose to leave the scene after a weapon was fired near a crowd. Police later arrested him, and he faces many serious criminal allegations. The incident took place in a Scarborough parking lot on Jan. 28. A crowd had gathered near the intersection of Nugget and McCowan for a late-night event. At around 2:30 a.m., an individual apparently…

Police charge 2 men and a woman with drug trafficking and more

When police make an arrest and there is an apparent abundance of physical evidence, it is an alarming turn of events for the accused. However, all suspects are presumed innocent unless proved otherwise; this is an important fact to remember during the aftermath of an arrest. Physical evidence abounded when two men and a woman were arrested in Toronto recently, and the trio now face various weapons and drug trafficking charges. As part of an ongoing investigation in Peel Region and the Greater Toronto Area, officers followed up a lead into alleged cocaine trafficking in the area on April 4. A 38-year-old Mississauga…

Bus passenger facing multiple sexual assault charges

To be suspected of a sex crime is a difficult situation to handle. Modern electronic media assures the quick dissemination of the suspect's name and image, and reputations can be tarnished overnight, long before guilt or innocence can be adjudicated. A man accused by three women of sexual assault on public transit in and around Toronto is one of the most recent examples. The first incidents allegedly happened on a TTC bus in Toronto's north end. Two women claim a man boarded the bus and assaulted them. One of the women notified the driver, who called the police. This incident led to two charges…

East GTA man facing charges for violent crimes after bus incident

Many people have, at one time or another, acted out of character and regretted it later. Most often, the incident is soon forgotten, and the instigator moves on with his or her life. However, when the incident escalates to the point where law enforcement officers are called to intervene, it's not so easy to just walk away. A man from the easternmost part of the Greater Toronto Area has recently learned that after an alleged altercation on public transit led to charges for violent crimes. During the afternoon of March 21, a young man was found to have passed out on…

New regulations coming for driving under the influence of pot?

As the federal government moves closer to legalizing marijuana, the scramble continues to try and effectively deal with pot and how it affects drivers. The latest available information indicates a date of July 1, 2018 for legalization, leaving little time to establish testing protocols and legislation of legal limits. While driving under the influence of drugs is already illegal in Ontario, it is still a complex subject. The MP most closely associated with the move toward legalization, former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, says there has been great progress overall. He admits, however, they are still no further ahead on…

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