Cocaine and carfentanyl discovered during Clarington traffic stop, police claim


Published September 28, 2023 at 12:52 pm

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A traffic stop in Clarington led to the discovery of cocaine and carfentanyl, police allege.

Durham Regional Police officers were patrolling Bowmanville around 10 p.m. on Sept. 27 when they noticed an electric motorcycle driving near Baseline Rd and Liberty St. The officers noted that not only was the bike speeding, it was driving recklessly through the area. The largely commercial zone sits in the south end of town right by Hwy. 401.

The cops pulled the motorcycle over and found the rider to be impaired. They arrested the motorcyclist on the scene and claimed they found he was in possession of cash, cocaine and the synthetic opioid carfentanyl.

This second substance is often mixed with heroin to increase its potency. Carfentanyl is 1000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. It is used to tranquillize elephants and a mere 2 milligrams is enough to prove fatal to humans.

It turns out the motorcyclist was also already wanted on an outstanding firearms charge as well. As a result, Andrew Robinson, 37 of Clarington, has been charged with firing a gun with intent to wound, impaired driving, two counts of possession with intent to distribute, and possession of criminal proceeds. Robinson remains in custody until a bail hearing.

Anyone with information can call police at 1-888-579-1520 ext.1687 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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