Attempting to avoid a RIDE program on Wolfe Island has resulted in a long list of charges for two individuals after they were found to be in possession of illicit drugs and weapons.
The incident occurred on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, when the Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the OPP East Region SAVE (Snowmobile, All terrain vehicle, Vessel Enforcement/Education) Team were conducting a RIDE program. Officers involved in the operation observed a vehicle that appeared to be avoiding the spot check, and followed the vehicle in order to investigate the possibility the driver was impaired.
The investigating officer located a quantity of suspected MDMA (molly) when speaking with those in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested, and a search of the vehicle led to police to find suspected methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and more MDMA, as well as drug paraphernalia. Officers also located a 22 calibre handgun, ammunition, a collapsible baton, a baseball bat, knives, and body armour.
As a result, Jesse Millar, 25, of Yarker, and Christine Hout, 25, of Frontenac Islands Township have each been charged with:
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
- Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered with
- Occupying a motor vehicle knowing there was a prohibited or restricted weapon inside
- Occupying a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm inside
- Possession of property obtained by crime
- Two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance
Both of the accused parties have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston in December 2020.