A teen cyclist faces numerous charges, including drug possession, after police say he gave officers a bogus name, Thursday night.
Just before 9 p.m., June 1, a Barrie police officer was patrolling downtown when a teen cyclist was seen operating a bicycle on the Dunlop Street West sidewalk.
The cyclist was stopped in regard to a bylaw infraction and, at that time, police say a number of additional infractions under the Highway Traffic Act were observed with the bicycle.
Police say when the officer sought to confirm the teen's identity, he was given a number of opportunities to provide his legal name, but he refused to do so and was arrested for obstructing a peace officer. While being taken into custody, a large amount of Canadian currency was located on the teen.
He was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where the investigation continued. It was at that time that suspected cocaine and fentanyl were found in his clothing.
The 16-year-old male, of no fixed address, has been charged with:
- Obstructing a peace officer
- Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
- Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid/fentanyl
- Possession of a Schedule 1 substance – cocaine
- Possession of a Schedule 1 substance – opioid/fentanyl
- Breach of recognizance
- and one charge under the Highway Traffic Act for not having required equipment on a bicycle.
Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the identity of the accused cannot be released.
He has been held in custody for a bail hearing, which is scheduled to take place today by video at the Barrie courthouse.