Three people are facing a variety of charges after the OPP’s Automated License Plate Reader system alerted them to a suspended driver – and their investigation lead to the seizure of illegal drugs.
The Red Lake OPP say they conducted a traffic stop on Hughes Crescent following an alert on the system on April 29 at 8:30 p.m., as the owner of the vehicle was a suspended driver.
Through their investigation, the driver of the vehicle was determined to be impaired by alcohol, a passenger was identified to be breaching conditions of a release order and a second passenger was found to be in possession of suspected Oxycodone tablets.
As a result, a 19-year-old of Slate Falls was charged with:
- Operation while impaired,
- Drive motor vehicle no license,
A 47-year-old of Slate Falls is facing charges of:
- Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Oxycodone,
A 45-year-old of Slate Falls is facing charges of:
- Failure to comply with Release Order,
The OPP say the 19-year-old and the 47-year-old were released to appear in court in June, while the 45-year-old was remanded into custody and appeared in court yesterday.
The North West Region OPP began using automated license plate readers in February.
Each OPP cruiser now has up to three cameras installed to help notify police of expired registrations, arrest warrants, missing persons or if a vehicle has been reported stolen.
The OPP reminds the public that if you suspect someone is driving while impaired, it’s important to call 911 and report it immediately.