Article by Jenni Dunning, Orillia Matters
Seven people went green for St. Patrick’s Day and wound up getting caught with $250,000 worth of illicit marijuana packed into their van during a RIDE stop in Innisfil this weekend.
“It was a regular stop. The vehicle comes through. There was an overpowering smell of fresh cannabis coming from the vehicle,” South Simcoe Police Const. Carl Jarvis told BradfordToday on Monday.
Jarvis said he could see “cannabis leaf readily available throughout” the vehicle.
And “lo and behold,” he said, inside the 2017 Dodge Caravan, packed in three boxes, were 29 kilograms (64 pounds) of illicit marijuana.
While police could not comment on whether the people charged were picking up or dropping off the drugs, South Simcoe Police Sgt. Dave Phillips said “we can only assume it is being transported through the area.”
“We have had three significant drug seizures in the last 90 days,” he said. “Why we’re seeing this influx of … criminal activity, I can’t speculate that.”
The other two large drug seizures were also made during RIDE checks in December.
In one, a 29 year old Innisfil man was charged after a foot chase and officers found crack cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, marijuana, and a drug believed to be a combination of fentanyl and carfentanil.
In the other, an Innisfil woman and a Barrie man, both in their early 20s, were charged after officers found $25,500 in cash and 11 grams of suspected cocaine along with drug paraphernalia, baton, knife and baseball bat.
In the charges this past Saturday stemming from a RIDE check, which took place at 7 p.m. at 4th Line at Reive Boulevard, the estimated value of the illicit marijuana is based on a street value of $8.50 per gram, said Phillips.