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Only One Headlight Leads To $30,000 Drug Bust

(HAWKESBURY, ON) – The Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged two people, and seized more than $30,000 worth of drugs and $2,235 in Canadian currency following a traffic stop.

On April 16, 2024, at approximately 1:20 a.m., OPP officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle headed eastbound on Highway 417 at mile marker 35 due to a burnt out headlight.

As a result of the investigation, the driver – 34-year-old Etienne Joseph Montpetit from Ottawa – was arrested and charged with the following offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), and the Criminal Code (CC):

  • CDSA – Adult possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
  • CDSA – Adult possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Methamphetamine
  • CDSA – Adult possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Other Drugs
  • CC Adult possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 – in Canada

The passenger, 39-year-old Ryan Gordon from Ottawa, was also charged with the following offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), and the Criminal Code (CC):

  • CDSA – Adult possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
  • CDSA – Adult possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Methamphetamine
  • CDSA – Adult possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – Other Drugs
  • CC Adult possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 – in Canada

Both males were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in court on May 8, 2024 at the L’Orignal Court of Justice.