Over 300 grams of cocaine, heroin and other drugs found in traffic stop leads to charges for Brampton driver


Published December 11, 2023 at 8:30 am

Police say these drugs were seized from a Brampton driver on Dec. 8, 2023. (Photo: The OPP)

Investigators say they’ve taken more than 300 grams of drugs including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines off the streets and charged a Brampton resident following a traffic stop in Orillia.

The OPP says officers were in the area of Highway 12 around 1:45 a.m. on Friday when they pulled over a driver from Brampton for a traffic stop.

But during the investigation police say they found a large quantity of drugs including more than 120 grams of cocaine, 99 grams of psilocybin (magic mushrooms), 83 grams of methamphetamine and 0.5 grams of heroin.

Investigators also recovered eight cell phones and one prohibited knife.

Police say the 21-year-old driver from Brampton was arrested and charged with multiple offences.

Amen Tariku, 21, of Brampton has been charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking, carrying concealed weapon, possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000, among other offences.

The accused was released on an undertaking to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia on Jan. 16.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit www.opp.ca/reporting to report minor occurrences. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.

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