Police remind hunters to practice safety on the water

Prince Edward OPP are reminding hunters and water fowlers to practice safe boating this fall.

Around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Prince Edward OPP responded to a report of a capsized boat with two people in the water.

Both boaters were accounted for and reported no injuries but community safety officer Const. Patrick Menard reminds water fowlers to follow simple safety rules while hunting including: never overloading a boat, never venturing onto big water in a craft that’s not seaworthy, keeping an emergency kit stored in your boat in a waterproof bag and letting family members know of your launch site , the area where you will be hunting and when you expect to return.

Hunters are also reminded to never carry a loaded firearm on their boat, to ensure their craft is operating properly and never operate a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Getting home safe at the end of the day is the most important part of any hunt,” Menard said.

– In other OPP news, The Prince Edward detachment’s crime unit is asking anyone with information regarding an alleged drugging incident last month to contact them.

On Oct. 18, 2018, OPP officers investigated allegations that a female had been unknowingly drugged.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, search warrants were obtained and evidence was seized including computers and cellphones.

A 64-year-old Ameliasburgh resident  was arrested and charged with overcoming resistance by administering or attempting to administer a drug contrary and administer noxious thing with intent – endanger life or cause bodily harm, both Criminal Code of Canada offences  and  trafficking in a schedule IV substance contrary to the  Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Police are continuing with their investigation and are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477.

– Around noon on Saturday Prince Edward OPP officers responded to a report of a possible unlicensed driver travelling on County Rd. 29. 

As a result of the investigation, a 49-year-old Ameliasburgh man was found to be impaired and charged with having more than 80 mg of alcohol in his blood while driving a motor vehicle and his ability impaired.

The man was released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on November 21, 2018 to answer to the charges and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Also charged during the stop was a female occupant in the vehicle who decided to open a container of alcohol while officers were still present and investigating the alleged impaired driver.

– On Oct. 31, 2018 members of the Prince Edward County OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Tactical Response Unit (TRU) and Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine, the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), and Belleville Police Service (BPS) executed multiple search warrants in Picton, Belleville, and Centre Hastings.

The warrant executions were as a result of a joint Controlled Drugs and Substances Act trafficking investigation between CSCU units from Napanee, Prince Edward, Frontenac, Centre Hastings, and Quinte West.

The combined warrants resulted in the seizure of approximately eight ounces of cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone pills, two non- restricted firearms, a cocaine press, ammunition, four loaded syringes, $1,285 in cash, multiple digital scales, packaging material, debts list  and Five cellular phones

Charged were a a 40-year-old Belleville man, a 41-year-old Picton woman , a 54-year-old Stirling-Rawdon man, and a 29- year-old from Milford.

All are in custody with a total of 26 different charges being laid.