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Over 1,600 charges laid by OPP Central Region during Labor Day long weekend blitz

Seven cannabis-related charges laid, over 900 speeding charges

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Over Labor Day weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Central Region laid more than 1,600 charges related to road, trail and waterway offences.

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Speeding accounted for 944 of the charges, followed by seatbelt charges (134) and insurance-related charges (83), according to a Ontario Provincial Police press release.

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There were also 24 impaired driving charges, 14 Liquor License Control Act and seven counts for cannabis-related offences.

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  3. The driver was charged with possession for the purpose of distribution, possession of more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place, possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000, and driving with readily available cannabis.  /

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A total of 1,634 charges were laid.

“Excessive speed and dangerous driving continue to threaten the safety of all road users,” the Ontario Provincial Police noted in the release. He added that as students return to school, there is “no excuse for risky driving behavior on our roads when lives are at stake”.

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Among others, OPP Central Region detachments include Huntsville, Orillia, Peterborough County, Southern Georgian Bay, Dufferin County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The city of Kawartha Lakes has been the site of many cannabis discoveries over the past year. In April, three people were arrested after police seized more than $6 million worth of illegal cannabis and cannabis-related products.

Executing five search warrants, three on residential properties and two on vehicles, officers seized approximately 470 kilograms of processed cannabis, 100 kilograms of hash, 100 kilograms of edible cannabis, 80 kilograms of cannabis resin, 80 kilograms of distillate of cannabis, seven kilograms of cannabis shatter and 700 grams of psilocybin.

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This bust follows another multimillion-dollar seizure in the summer of 2021, when police recovered the equivalent of “four dump trucks” full of cannabis.

More than 6,000 plants worth an estimated $6.2 million were seized from a Kirkfield residence. Police also seized two forklifts, a skid steer loader and several Health Canada licenses.

The raid led to charges against seven people, from Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

During the August long weekend, nearly 7,000 Ontario motorists have been charged by the Ontario Provincial Police with various traffic violations. During this frenzy, speeding was again the primary offence, accounting for over 4,200 counts.

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