Drug trafficking charges laid after speeding vehicle stopped on Highway 401

Items seized after a vehicle was stopped for speeding on Highway 401 in Tyendinaga. Photo via OPP.

A traffic stop for speeding on Highway 401 in Tyendinaga resulted in a litany of charges for three Quebec residents.

According to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), a Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (T.I.M.E.) team officer was conducting traffic patrol on Highway 401 in the Township of Tyendinaga just before noon on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, when the officer observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed towards him.

“The officer activated the radar of the police vehicle and obtained a speed of 140 km/hr. The vehicle was stopped without incident on Highway 401 Westbound between Highway 49 and Deseronto Road,” the OPP reported.

According to the release, there was a male driver and male passenger in the front of the vehicle, and a female passenger in the rear of the vehicle. During the interaction with police, drugs were observed in the vehicle, the OPP said. Everyone in the vehicle was placed under arrest and the vehicle was searched incidental to arrest.

As a result of the search, police located 665 methamphetamine pills, 60 amphetamine pills, 15 g of cocaine, half a gram of crack cocaine, 69 fentanyl pills, 14 g of crystal methamphetamine, 21 oxycodone pills, and various other prescription pills, according to the release.

As a result of the investigation, Benoit Thuot, a 45 year old male from Saint-Jerome, Quebec, was charged with:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid
  • Five counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – other drugs
  • Possession of a schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Speeding
  • Driving while under suspension
  • Driving a vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available

As a result of the investigation, Michael Remon, 29 years old, from Dorval, Quebec was charged with:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid
  • Five counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – other drugs
  • Possession of a schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of break in instruments
  • Two counts of failure to comply with a release order

As a result of the investigation, Doryane Benoit-Paul, 22 years old, from Saint-Jerome, Quebec was charged with:

  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid
  • Five counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – other drugs
  • Possession of a schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Two counts of possession of a schedule IV substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Obstructing a peace officer
  • Failure to comply with a release order

All accused were held for a bail hearing and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee on a later date, the OPP stated. 

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