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Highway 401 traffic stop in Loyalist results in drug arrests, charges

Two individuals from Toronto have been arrested and charged after a routine traffic stop on Highway 401 led police to discovering multiple types of illegal substances.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (TIME) team conducted the traffic stop on the westbound lanes of Highway 401 in Loyalist Township at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 30, 2022. During the stop, police located and seized a variety of drugs, including:

  • Approximately 130 g of suspected cannabis
  • 180 g of suspected cocaine and methamphetamine
  • 112 pills of suspected Xanax and Oxycodone

According to police, Canadian currency and drug paraphernalia were also seized at the time.

As a result, Bijan Najafian, 20, and Taya Connor, 21, both of Toronto, were arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine)
  • Possession of over 30 g of dried cannabis in a public place

Najafian was further charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine)
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime with a value of over $5,000
  • Failure to comply with an undertaking
  • Driving a vehicle with cannabis readily available
  • Failure to properly wear a seatbelt

Both Najafian and Connor were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee in late June 2022.

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