Man, youth accused of drug trafficking at Peterborough high schools: police

A Peterborough man and a youth from Curve Lake First Nation face charges following an investigation into drug trafficking at local high schools.

Peterborough Police Service say the ongoing investigation led to the arrest of a man just before noon Wednesday.

He was located inside a vehicle where police say they seized a quantity of ecstasy, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), cannabis, digital scales and a large quantity of cash.

Phillip Ronald Richardson, 22, of Reid Street, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Trafficking a Schedule I substance (ecstasy)
  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (ecstasy, magic mushrooms)
  • Possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000
  • Possession of 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place
  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling
  • Driving a vehicle with cannabis readily available
  • Operating an unsafe vehicle
  • Two counts of driving a motor vehicle with no validation on plate
  • Using a plate not authorized for vehicle
  • Failure to notify change of address – licence
  • Two counts of operating a motor vehicle without insurance

He was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Peterborough on Thursday.

A 16-year-old girl from Curve Lake First Nation was also arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule I substance (ecstasy).

She was released from custody and will appear in court at a later date. Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the name of a youth cannot be released.


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