Wellbeing check in Rockland leads to drug seizure and multiple charges

An SD&G OPP police cruiser. Nation Valley News file photo

EMBRUN — Provincial police from the Russell County detachment say they responded to 323 calls for service during the week of March 29 to April 4th. Most notable of which took place on March 31st, shortly after 12:30 AM, when an officer observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of County Road 17 in Rockland and conducted a wellbeing check on the driver.

Initial inspection of the vehicle found suspected packages of cannabis edibles, cannabis indica vape pens, and fresh marijuana. In total, the Russell County OPP seized drugs with a value of nearly $1,375, as well as $1,900 in Canadian currency.

As a result, a 17-year-old, from Ottawa, was charged with:

  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Possession of over 5g of dried cannabis (or equivalent) by youth
  • Possession for the purpose of distributing
  • Possession cannabis for the purpose of selling
  • Person under 19 years – possess cannabis
  • Have care or control of vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal at a later date.

Vehicle collision results in minor injuries and one arrest

On March 31st, shortly before 6:45 PM, Russell County OPP arrived at the scene of a single-vehicle collision on Route 900 West in the Nation Township. Emergency services were also present, as the collision had caused minor injuries.

Allegedly, during the subsequent investigation into the cause of the collision, an altercation occurred between the motorist, police officers, and a paramedic. The motorist, having been arrested, was transported to the hospital as a precaution by the Prescott-Russell Emergency Medical Services.

27-year-old Byron Love-Birkett from Ottawa was charged with:

  • Assault
  • Failure or refusal to comply with demand
  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Uttering Threats – Cause death or Bodily harm

Love-Birkett received a 90-day driver’s license suspension and the vehicle was also impounded for seven days. The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on April 28th.

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