Man pleads offenses after stoppage in White River area

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The cannabis flakes on his sweatpants did not match a Toronto-area man telling the OPP he had no marijuana handy when his vehicle was pulled over near WhiteRiver.

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Shane Hendry, 25, was stopped by the Ontario Provincial Police during a RIDE stop on Highway 17 in Vasiloff Township on March 15.

Officers could smell “an odor of fresh cannabis,” Assistant Crown Attorney Heather Emptage told Ontario Court Judge Melanie Dunn last Thursday.

Hendry and a male passenger “initially denied” that there was cannabis in the vehicle.

The driver changed his tone when the cannabis flakes were spotted. The York resident produced a plastic bag containing several packets of marijuana which was in a back seat. A package of tobacco leaves and drug paraphernalia, including a scale, and “at least” three cell phones, were also found after the two occupants exited the vehicle, Emptage said.

Hendry had pledged to abstain from the use of alcohol, cannabis and other intoxicants and not to have drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Dunn agreed with a joint submission by Emptage and defense counsel that Hendry was serving 10 days, or 15 days with a day and a half credit for each day actually detained at the treatment center and Algoma remand, for the offences. She did not accept a request from Emptage asking Hendry to provide a DNA sample.

Hendry has yet to answer other charges related to the incident.

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