One person from Lindsay, Ont. has been arrested and charged after a traffic stop led to a rather large drug seizure, according to police.
The Central Hastings Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) made the traffic stop in Madoc on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, police said in a press release, though the location was not disclosed.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. that day, OPP officers along with members of the OPP’s Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) arrested the male driver, who was found to be wanted on a warrant. During a search of the suspect, police seized “a large quantity of suspected crystal methamphetamine and morphine pills,” the OPP said in a press release the following day.
In response to inquiries from Kingstonist, the OPP said that the reason the driver was stopped originally was “under the Highway Traffic Act,” which means the drive violated that Act in some way (speeding, failure to signal, incorrectly displayed plates, etc.). The OPP also disclosed that the driver was found to be in possession of a handheld pellet gun. While possession of a pellet gun is not illegal and there were therefore no related charges, the weapon was seized by police.
As a result, Daniel Macpherson, 34, of Lindsay, was charged with:
- Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine)
- Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking (morphine)
Macpherson was taken into custody and was scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. The outcome of that hearing is unknown.
Kingstonist inquired with the Central Hastings OPP as to why Macpherson was wanted on an arrest warrant, where the traffic stop occurred, and the amount of each drug was seized, however, police were not able to provide answers to those questions.