FOUR PEOPLE FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES AFTER FAILING TO STOP FOR POLICE

(WEST NIPISSING, ON) – Police arrested and charged four people after a vehicle failed to stop for police.

On March 28, 2024, shortly after 11:00 p.m., members from the Nipissing West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were advised by the Kirkland Lake OPP of a vehicle that failed to stop for speeding on Highway 11, and the vehicle continued to travel south.

Police located the vehicle traveling south on Highway 64 in Field, and a Tire Deflation Device (TDD), otherwise known as a Spike belt was successfully utilized causing the vehicle to safely come to a stop. Three passengers fled into a wooded area, while police arrested the driver.

There was a large police presence when members from the OPP K9 Unit, Emergency Response Team, Snowmobile, ATV and Vessel Enforcement (S.A.V.E.) Unit and OPP Aviation assisted with the search. The three other passengers were subsequently later located and arrested in an isolated cabin.

A search located Canadian currency and drugs suspected to be cocaine.

As a result of the investigation,

Mateus RIBEIRO, 31 years-of-age, from Whitby, was charged with:

  • Dangerous operation
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000

Mohamed ABU, 28 years-of-age, from Loyalist Township, and Ibrahim OMAR, 29 years-of-age, from Toronto, were both charged with:

  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Break, enter a place – commit indictable offence

Devante MORRIS-McDONALD, 22 years-of-age, from Toronto, was charged with, possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking and break, enter a place – commit indictable offence

All four accused were held for Bail Court and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on April 2, 2024, in North Bay.

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