Drug charges laid after police spot truck without licence plate

Photo by Lucas Mulder.

A 63-year-old local man is facing drug charges after police stop him driving pickup truck with no front licence plate.

At approximately 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2021, police were on general patrol in a marked cruiser when they observed the accused male driving a pickup truck in the area of Princess Street and MacDonnell Street in downtown Kingston, according to a release from Kingston Police. Police observed that the pickup truck had no licence plate affixed to its front bumper and there was extensive damage to the front end of the vehicle.

When police initiated a traffic stop for the Highway Traffic Act violation, the accused provided false identification to the officer. Further investigation revealed the true identity of the accused who was subsequently arrested for obstructing police.

According to the release, a search of the accused incident to arrest revealed that he was in possession of a baggy containing a substance suspected of being crystal methamphetamine.

Police seized the suspected drugs and the accused was transported to police headquarters where he was later released on conditions with a future court date.

Gary Labarge, of Kingston, was charged with obstructing a peace officer and for being unlawfully in possession of a schedule 1 substance.

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