Impaired driving tip leads to seizure of over 400 pounds of cannabis: police

Sep 16 2019, 12:59 pm

The Ontario Provincial Police are crediting a tipster with a recent bust of almost $2 million in cannabis from a vehicle search on Saturday.

According to a release, the Northumberland Detachment of the OPP conducted a traffic stop on a white cargo van after receiving a call from a concerned citizen regarding a possible impaired driver.

Law enforcement reports the vehicle had just left a service center in Port Hope and was heading eastbound on Highway 401 just before 2 pm.

“During the traffic stop, officers determined that the occupants of the vehicle were involved in the trafficking of illicit drugs,” reads the release. “As a result of the investigation officers seized 426 pounds of cannabis marihuana which has a street value of approximately $1.9 million.”

Photos released by the OPP show multiple large Home Depot boxes that had been filled with vacuum sealed packages of cannabis.

OPP

Kiryl Andrushkevich, 26, of Oakville, Ontario and Damaris Nataren Ortega, 32, of Toronto were arrested and each charged under the Cannabis Act with:

  • Possession of over 30g dried cannabis (or equivalent) in a public place
  • Possession of illicit cannabis
  • Possess, produce, sell distribute, or import anything with intention to use it to produce, sell, or distribute illicit cannabis
  • Possession for the purpose of distributing

Both accused were held in custody for a bail hearing on Sunday.