Traffic stop leads to drug charges

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Huronia West OPP has laid multiple charges as a result of a traffic stop in Clearview Township.

While on general patrol, at about 11:20 a.m. on Nov. 21, an officer was alerted to a vehicle with unauthorized plates through the assistance of an Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) device. The officer conducted a traffic stop on 33/34 Sideroad Nottawasaga and conducted an investigation after noticing an open container of alcohol. Huronia West Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) assisted in the investigation, locating a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and a prohibited knife.

As a result of the investigation, police seized 471.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Benjamin Katzman, a 37-year-old male from Sauble Beach, has been charged with: unauthorized possession of a weapon; traffic in Schedule I substance – methamphetamine; traffic in Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine; and two counts each of failing to comply with undertaking and failing to comply with prohibition order. The vehicle has been impounded for 45 days and the accused was held for bail.

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