Ottawa man charged after traffic stop


An Ottawa man has been released from custody after being arrested Sunday by the Deep River Police. 

Police say that on October 3, 2021, Deep River officers observed a small Honda vehicle eastbound on Highway 17 inside the town limits, at a high rate of speed.

A traffic stop was initiated by the officers who observed the driver to be acting suspiciously right after being stopped as if he was attempting to conceal something. 

When speaking to the driver, police noticed what they believed to be drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. He was placed in investigative detention while police searched the car and located drugs and evidence of drug trafficking.

Further investigation revealed the male driver was in fact prohibited from operating a motor vehicle. The male was placed under arrest and held for a bail hearing.

Robert Samaroo, age 40 of Ottawa, has been charged with possession of a schedule one substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and operating a motor vehicle while prohibited and obstructing police under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The vehicle Samaroo was driving was impounded for 45 days.

The accused was released on conditions at a bail hearing Wednesday morning.

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