Cops seize $480,000 in ecstasy on 401
LANSDOWNE — What began as a traffic stop resulted in a significant seizure of ecstasy on Highway 401 near here Friday afternoon.
An Ontario Provincial Police Highway Enforcement Team (HET) officer, accompanied by an auxiliary member, stopped an eastbound car near Reynolds Road for a Highway Traffic Act violation, the OPP said in a press release
Upon further investigation, officers seized more than 10 kilograms of MDMA powder, also known as ecstasy, and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
The street value of the drugs is estimated at $480,000, they added.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Friday, said OPP spokesman Sgt. Kristine Rae.
A 22-year-old man from the Montreal suburb of Brossard, Quebec, was arrested and held for a bail hearing in Brockville court on charges of possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA).
Police seized the vehicle, a 2005 Mazda, as "offence related property," the OPP statement said.
The provincial force's Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau – Asset Forfeiture Unit and Drug Enforcement Unit were called in to help with the case, said the OPP.
Rae said the accused, whom police were not naming until charges were formally processed, was to appear in court over the weekend. He was arrested without incident.
It was unclear Friday afternoon whether the incident was related to a larger crime ring, said Rae, adding that is why the organized crime unit has been called in.
"That's part of what they'll have to follow up on."
Although the 401's Leeds County stretch frequently yields drug seizures, this seizure was an unusual one, said Rae.
"We (get) a lot of other drugs, but ecstasy, it's not as common a drug that we see, especially in that kind of quantity," she said.
Posted By Ronald Zajac Staff Writer
April 09 2010