Drug charges laid after recovery of vehicle

Members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid multiple charges as a result of a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 12:00 a.m. Jan. 24 officers located a vehicle that had previously been reported to have been taken without consent.

Photo submitted by Prince Edward OPP

The traffic stop was conducted on Picton Main Street. Two occupants were arrested and a third fled the scene. As a result of a subsequent search officers seized a quantity of suspected fentanyl, cell phones and other drug paraphernalia. Tammy Barsley, 40 from Picton has been charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid (other than heroin) – CDSA 5(2)
  • Possession of anything for use in, production of/trafficking in schedule one substance or schedule three substance – CSA 7.1(1)

The accused was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on January 24, 2023.

Alisha Zachariah, 34, from Prince Edward County was charged with take motor vehicle without consent contrary to section 335(1) of the Criminal Code. The accused was released on an undertaking to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on February 22, 2023.

The investigation will continue regarding the third occupant of the vehicle. OPP are asking anyone with information to call 1.888.310.1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersquinte.cawhere you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.