Traffic stop leads to large drug and cash seizure

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 10:14 a.m. September 16, 2020

A Highway Traffic Act stop by a West Hill Neighbourhood Officer resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of drugs and cash.

A group of police officers standing in front of a police vehicle in a parking lot
Consts. David Baker, Jeffrey Dowding, Rich Bronilla, Eric Rowlands, Glen Espie, Blaise Kurucz, Richard Ruiz and Richard Achaibar

At around 9 p.m. on September 14, Constable Eric Rowlands of 43 Division was on patrol in the Morningside Rd. and Ellesmere Ave. area when he pulled over a vehicle for a driving infraction.

While interacting with the driver, the officer became concerned about his sobriety.

He also observed a quantity of cannabis packaging in the centre console and plastic pieces and a cannabis vape pen in the driver’s door.

“I advised him that his vehicle would be searched under the authority of the Cannabis Control Act,” said Rowlands.

As other officers showed up and boxed in the vehicle, the suspect refused to exit the car.

“It took a little while to get him out and my hand was pinched briefly as he began to roll up his window,” said Rowlands who has been working in the West Hill community for the last three years. “This was a team effort as not only did my fellow officers help me with the arrest, but they also assisted with sorting out all the property and doing the paperwork.”

It’s alleged that 11.9 grams of cocaine, 7.43 pounds of cannabis, 20 bags of edibles, 27 vape pens each with a gram of cannabis, nine bottles of liquid codeine and $12,130 in cash were in the suspect’s vehicle.

Youssef Aly, 23, faces six charges, including drug possession and assaulting a peace officer.

A young offender, who was in the vehicle, also faces drug charges.

Supt. Dave Rydzik praised the officers for effecting the arrest without incident.

“This is the kind of work that the community expects from us,” the 43 Division Unit commander said. “Eric has been working on many community complaints in his assigned neighbourhood in regards to drug dealing which is why he was there. It was through his observations and good police work that he found what was like a mobile pharmacy with all those drugs in that vehicle that were obviously destined for that community.”

The other officers involved in the arrest were Consts. David Baker, Jeffrey Dowding, Rich Bronilla, Glen Espie, Blaise Kurucz, Richard Ruiz and Richard Achaibar.

A Service member for the last 12 years, Rowlands has spent his entire law enforcement career with 43 Division.

“I love working in this part of Scarborough,” he said. “It’s busy and there is always something to do. I also enjoy my interactions with residents who come to me with their complaints and divulge some of the problems they are having.”

TPS crest watermark