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Possession charges up 69 per cent in first quarter of 2017

Posted May 8, 2017

Nottawasaga OPP laid 22 drug possession charges in the first three months of the year, up from 13 during the same period in 2016, an increase of 69.2 per cent according to the March 2017 summary report to the Police Services Board.

The federal government tabled legislation last month that will legalize marijuana in 2018.

Trafficking charges were up 40 per cent, with seven reported, up from five the year before.

There were 188 property crimes reported, up from 182, a 3.3 per cent. The biggest increase by percentage was theft over $5,000 which jumped 25 per cent - 20 incidents, up from 16. Mischiefs climbed 20.5 per cent - 47 incidents, up from 39. Fraud reports dropped 5.6 per cent, and break and enters down four per cent.

Violent crime incidents were up 2.9 per cent - 72 incidents, versus 70 the same time last year. Driving the increase was a 200 per cent hike in abduction reports, which were three, up from one. There were 41 assault reports, an increase of 10.8 per cent. Sexual assault reports were down 42.9 per cent - four reported, down from seven.

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