A Barrie Police vehicle, that is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, alerted the operator last Wednesday (January 3, 2024) night at approximately 11:15 p.m., that a motor vehicle that had just past it, was being operated with unauthorized licence plates.

The motor vehicle in question had just turned onto Mapleton Avenue from Essa Road when the Automated Licence Plate Reader (ALPR) made the determination. The investigating officer pulled over the car and entered into an investigation after it initially failed to pull over and stop.

A quantity of suspected cocaine was located in a discarded satchel and all three occupants were arrested and charged jointly with Possession of a Schedule 1 substance – Cocaine and Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine.

The driver, a 36-year-old female from Barrie was also charged with Flight from Police. The two male passengers, who are both from Barrie, were also charged jointly with Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon.  One male who is 36-years old was also charged Breach of Probation (2 counts) while the other male who is 37- years old was also charged with Fail to Comply with Probation Order.

All three of the accused persons were released on an Undertaking and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on February 5, 2024.

These arrests are the first registered by frontline uniform Barrie Police officers made as a result of using the ALPR, and by continuously scanning licence plates, it makes it more difficult for suspended drivers, drivers of stolen cars, and other vehicles with plates in poor standing to drive undetected. Under optimal conditions, the ALPR system is capable of scanning thousands of license plates per hour.

Occurrence #: BA24000525
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator, Peter Leon


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