On Thursday, June 1, 2023, just before 9:00 p.m., an officer from the Barrie Police Service was on patrol in the downtown area when a teen cyclist was observed operating a bicycle on the sidewalk of Dunlop Street West. The cyclist was stopped in regard to a by-law infraction and at that time, a number of additional infractions under the Highway Traffic Act were observed with the bicycle.
When the officer sought to confirm the identity of the teen, he was given a number of opportunities to provide his legal name, but he refused to do so and was arrested for Obstruct Peace Officer. While being taken into custody, a large amount of Canadian currency was located on the teen.
He was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where the investigation continued, and it was at that time that a quantity of suspected cocaine and fentanyl was found within the clothing he was wearing.
The teen, who is 16 years old, and of no fixed address, has been charged with:
- Obstruct Peace Officer
- Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Opioid/Fentanyl
- Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Cocaine
- Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Opioid/Fentanyl
- Breach of Recognizance
- and one charge under the Highway Traffic Act for not having required equipment on a bicycle.
Under provisions contained within the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the identity of the accused cannot be released. He has been held for a Bail Hearing that is scheduled to take place today by video, with the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie.
|Prepared by:||Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon|