Shelburne Police is very active with R.I.D.E. programs this summer. In the past few days, four men were charged with drug possession as a result of these spot checks.
The first incident was on Friday August 4 shortly after midnight. A vehicle with a single occupant that entered the R.I.D.E. spot check caught the officers attention resulting in a roadside investigation. As a result a small amount of marijuana was seized together with drug paraphernalia. 25 year old Bronson Takacs of Erin was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was released on an appearance notice with a first appearance court date in late August to answer to the allegations.
The second incident took place shortly after midnight during R.I.D.E. spot check Sunday August 6th. This time a vehicle with four occupants entered the spot check. A roadside investigation resulted in approximately 15 grams of marijuana being seized along with drug paraphernalia. Three of the four occupants were charged with possession of a controlled substance. They are: 21 year old Lakshdeep Chauhan, 20 year old Muskan Sapkota, and 20 year old Anmol Sharma – all from Brampton. They were all assigned first appearance court dates in early September to answer to the allegations.
“Shelburne Police takes drug possession very seriously, especially when it is found accessible to the occupants of the vehicle being driven. Sometimes we even find occupants of vehicles actively consuming marijuana. I have often heard excuses that marijuana is soon to be legalized. My answer first of all is that it is not legal yet, and secondly once it is legalized it will be heavily regulated with strict penalties for those breaching the rules. Under the Liquor Licence Act, it is illegal to have unsealed liquor accessible to the driver. We are treating marijuana in the same way. If marijuana is located in your vehicle, you can expect to be charged”, states Sgt. Neumann.
If anyone has any information in relation to this case or any other matter, they are encouraged to contact the Shelburne Police Service at 519-925-3312 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.