RIDE check results in drug charges

During a routine RIDE check on Thursday, Barrie police officers stopped a vehicle with two occupants, resulting in drug-related charges being laid.
The vehicle was stopped about 10 p.m. Immediately the investigating officer could detect the strong odour of marijuana within the car and a partially concealed bag could be seen beside the driver. At this time the 45-year-old Barrie male was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
The bag beside the driver contained over 17g of marijuana, a scale and over $500 in cash, police report. Also located in the vehicle were three more large bags of suspected marijuana bringing the total seized amount to 551 grams.
The driver was additionally charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and held at the Barrie Police Service overnight for a bail hearing Monday morning. It was determined the passenger was not involved in the criminal activity and was released unconditionally. The vehicle was towed off the roadway and all currency was seized as proceeds to crime.