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Canada Day traffic stop leads to drug seizure
After a driver was pulled over on July 1, officers said they found over $60,000 worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine in the vehicle. (File)

Police seized over $60,000 in illegal drugs during a traffic stop on Canada Day near Stanley Avenue and Highway 405 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, according to a Niagara Regional Police Service news release.

An officer pulled over a driver after checking the licence plate of a 2003 Audi and discovering the registered owner was a suspended driver, police said.

Upon inspecting the vehicle, officers found that one passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. The same passenger then provided a false identity, police said.

An ensuing vehicle search led to the discovery and seizure of over $50,000 worth of suspected fentanyl and $10,000 in methamphetamine. As well, $988 in cash was found.

Jesse Marius Lalande, 37, of St. Catharines, Sarah Lyon, 37, of NOTL, and Charles Ian Buckingham, 41, of NOTL face several charges, including possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking.