Cash, drugs and vehicle seized during OPP R.I.D.E. program

COCHRANE – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from the Cochrane detachment have laid several drug and property related charges against a Quebec male and female on January 12, 2014.

A comprehensive investigation led by the OPP during a R.I.D.E. program initiative conducted on highway 11 west of Cochrane resulted in the arrest and subsequent search of two occupants of a Chrysler minivan. During the search of the vehicle, OPP officers discovered concealed bags containing over $40,000 in Canadian currency, 30 grams of Cocaine, 10 grams of Cannabis Marihuana and 700 Methamphetamine pills (Speed) with an estimated street value of approximately $10,000.

Edgar PITRE, aged 66 of Matagamie, Quebec and Nathalie FORGET, aged 47 of Montreal, Quebec, have both been charged with one count of Possession of a schedule II substance-Cannabis Marihuana, one count of Possession of a schedule I substance-Cocaine and one count of Trafficking of schedule I substance-Methamphetamine, contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA). They have also been charged with two counts each of Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

As a result of the investigation, the involved vehicle was seized as offence related property and remains in police custody.

Both accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing on January 13, 2014, but have since been released. They are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cochrane on February 25, 2014.