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Marathon traffic stop leads to cocaine and fentanyl seizure

Two Toronto-area suspects face drug charges after being pulled over for speeding on Highway 17.
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MARATHON, Ont. - Two Greater Toronto area men have been arrested on drug charges after a north shore traffic stop.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, an officer of the OPP's Manitouwadge setachment pulled over a vehicle for speeding on Highway 17 near Marathon. 

The officer detected what he believed to be the odour of marijuana coming from within the vehicle, and after investigating further, discovered about 255 grams of suspected fentanyl, and about 115 grams of cocaine.

Shaquiel Shaw, a 26-year-old Toronto, and Michael Anthony Willis, a 44-year-old from Scarborough, were charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and obstruction of a peace officer.

Willis was additionally charged with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, and personation with intent to avoid arrest, prosecution or obstruct justice.

Both suspects were held for a video bail hearing in Marathon on Friday. They were later transferred to the Thunder Bay District Jail to await further bail hearings.

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