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Accused in drug bust at Orillia hotel make first court appearance

Trio will be back in court April 10

Two of the three people charged in relation to an Orillia drug trafficking case had their first court appearances in Orillia court Tuesday.

Janilyn Batac, 29, of Milton and Jaiyden Jones, 22, of Toronto have both been charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana and possession of both substances for the purpose of trafficking.

On Feb. 7, Orillia and Barrie Community Street Crime Units (CSCU), Orillia OPP and Rama Police Service (RPS) conducted an investigation at the Econo Lodge on Memorial Avenue in Orillia, which led to the arrests.

“The investigation was the result of a call for service and the business was not complicit in this,” OPP Const. Martin Hill told OrilliaMatters.

Calls to the general manager of the Orillia Econo Lodge, Mebs Ladha of Kensington Hospitality Inc., were not returned.

During the investigation police seized cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, fentanyl, a crossbow and paraphernalia associated with trafficking.

In relation to this incident, police also arrested 20-year-old Tiffani Wray of Brampton and charged her with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of fentanyl, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and breach of recognizance.

The case has been adjourned until April 10 to allow time for the co-accuseds to retain proper counsel.

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