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One man charged with drugs, weapon offences, another still on the run

One of the suspects was arrested immediately and during a search of the vehicle, police located and seized a firearm and a quantity of drugs

OPP have arrested and charged one man involved in a spike belt traffic stop Monday, but a second man fled and still eludes police.

At 5 p.m. June 1, West Parry Sound OPP responded to a report of a vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 400 that had previously failed to stop for police. Officers used a spike belt to stop the vehicle in the median of Highway 400 at Highway 559. Both suspects fled the vehicle.

See: OPP use spike belt to stop vehicle. One man arrested, other still at large

One of the suspects was arrested immediately and during a search of the vehicle, police found and seized a loaded firearm and a quantity of drugs believed to be cocaine, Fentanyl, heroin and cannabis.  Police say the street value of the drugs is approximately $162,000.

Adrian Patterson, 24, of Brampton was arrested and charged with numerous drugs, weapons and driving offence including:

  • Possession of loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition
  • Flight from peace officer
  • Dangerous operation,
  • Trafficking in schedule I substance - cocaine 
  • Trafficking in schedule I substance - heroin, 
  • Trafficking in schedule I substance - Fentanyl,
  • Drive motor vehicle - performed stunt - speeding by 50 or more km/h

Patterson is in custody is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on June 4.

Police are no longer searching the immediate area but the investigation into the whereabouts of the second suspect who fled into a wooded area is continuing. 

The OPP Central Tactics and Rescue Unit, Aviation Services, Tactical K9, and Emergency Response Team were called in to help search the area but were unable to find him. 

Police are still seeking a black male described as:

  • 6' tall
  • 18-20 years of age
  • 150lbs, thin build
  • Last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black pants with Adidas written on them.

Any person who has information about this incident is asked to please contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 


Jeff Turl

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