A driver confessed to a little too much holiday cheer this past weekend, something that didn’t go over too well with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Amidst the 2021 Festive Ride Campaign, which kicked off late last week, an unidentified driver was stopped on Highway 403 in Mississauga, Ont., notes a tweet from the OPP Highway Safety Division.
The man’s vehicle was then searched, according to Insauga.
The stop didn’t turn out well for the driver, who now faces charges of possession for the purpose of distribution, possession of illicit cannabis, possession of cannabis over 30 grams, possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000 and having cannabis readily, the police tweet reports.
While the stop rang in some holiday success for the police, the driver’s excuse fell flat. Asked why he had the illegal drugs on hand, the OPP tweet notes the driver’s response. “I smoke a lot, you would be surprised!”
"I smoke alot you would be surprised!!"#MississuagaOPP RIDE Mavis Rd #Hwy403. Driver charged: poss. for the purpose of distribution, poss. illicit cannabis, poss. cannabis over 30 grams, poss. proceeds crime over $5000, cannabis readily available & drive suspend. ^td pic.twitter.com/Yr782WtcSj
— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) November 21, 2021
One person who responded to the tweet also found the excuse less than convincing. “Boy, these guys think we were born yesterday with these excuses… lol- that’s enough weed to open a [cannabis] store.”
Another suggested putting the boast to a test. “I would have made him smoke it on the spot until it was close to being none left. Put their money where their mouth is, literally,” one commenter posted.
Photos released by the OPP show an estimated eight kilograms of packaged cannabis in an Amazon box, complete with its smiling logo, and what looks like a duffel bag. “Damn Amazon really does deliver anything,” added another.
The unidentified driver was charged with possession for the purpose of distribution, possession of illicit cannabis, possession of cannabis over 30 grams, possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000 and having cannabis readily available. /
The box did not escape the attention of a few commenters. “That Amazon Box will have its smile wiped off when the driver sees what the cops have coming for him,” one noted.
Police also recovered $8,265 in cash.
Although cannabis is legal in Canada, there are rules with respect to how much an adult can possess and grow. When it comes to vehicles, for example, weed must be safely stowed (the trunk is usually a good option, but not in this case), in sealed packaging and out of reach of the driver and passengers.
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