152 Charges Laid at Ontario Hempfest – OPP Press Release

(Havilah, Ontario) During the weekend members of the East Algoma Thessalon Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the East Algoma OPP Crime Unit, and the Sault Ste. Marie Drug Enforcement Section held an extremely successfully three-day Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) initiative in the small hamlet of Havilah, Ontario. The RIDE was held due to the heavy influx of traffic in the area during Hempfest 2007. Havilah is located approximately 30 kilometers north of Bruce Mines, Ontario. As a result of this project, a multitude of charges were laid.
These are the highlights of the charges:

CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act): 32 charges
– most for possession of marijuana
– includes one large seizure of approx 2 lbs of marijuana whose owner was charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
– also, one seizure of psilocybin (magic mushrooms)

Criminal: 11 charges
– 4 weapons charges for possession of prohibited weapons (3 knives and 1 spiked wrist band)
-3 counts of breach of probation
– one Canada-wide warrant executed for breach X 5 on a young person

Liquor: 7 charges
– all for open liquor in a vehicle or minor person in possession of liquor

HTA (Highway Traffic Act): 102 charges
– 17 suspended or unlicenced drivers charged
– 16 vehicles that were unfit for road / didn’t have proper documentation taken off road and towed
– 5 roadside tests were administered

The East Algoma OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance during this initiative.

To see photos of the RIDE stop on the road to Hempfest, click here.