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A Thunder Bay man driving with an obstructed view and broken taillight now faces charges of drug trafficking after cocaine was discovered after a traffic stop Thursday morning.

A Thunder Bay Police Service officer with the Primary Response Unit was on general patrol when they observed a vehicle being driven with a tarp obstructing its back window and a broken taillight. The officer conducted a traffic stop in the 1000-block of Memorial Avenue just before 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Further investigation revealed the male driver of the vehicle was a suspended driver.

Police also learned the driver was in possession of a significant quantity of cocaine and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

He was placed under arrest and transported to the TBPS headquarters at 1200 Balmoral Street.

Stephen Bruce APPEL, 42, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Failure to Comply with Probation Order

He appeared in court on Thursday, Oct. 20 and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.


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