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Traffic stop in West Ridge leads to drug charges for pair

The stop happened after a concerned citizen called Orillia OPP about a possible impaired driver
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The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested and charged a male and female with drug violations, after a traffic stop, in the City of Orillia.

On Aug. 4, 2020, just prior to 3 p.m., the Orillia OPP received a call from a concerned motorist regarding a vehicle that was believed to be operated by an impaired driver. Police patrolled the area and found a pickup truck that matched the description given in a West Ridge business parking lot. The officer conducted a sobriety check and, while speaking with the driver, formed grounds to initiate a drug possession investigation. 

As a result, both the driver and passenger were arrested and a quantity of drugs were seized. The driver, Justine Else, age 32, and the passenger, James Butcher, age 38, both from Windermere, Ont., have been charged with possession of a schedule I substance, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Both accused parties were released on Form 9 Appearance Notices and are set to appear on Oct. 13, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

The Orillia OPP would like to thank everyone who share the responsibility of keeping our roads, trails and waterways safe by reporting impaired drivers. We are committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. 

If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.

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