Ontario teens high on drugs call police after getting lost in park

TORONTO – Police say they had to deploy a K-9 unit to find two 19-year-old men who were allegedly lost in a park and high on drugs in Barrie, Ont.

Barrie Police were called to Lackies Bush, a 40 acre undeveloped area of parkland, after receiving a 911 call from two males who said they were lost on Tuesday night.

While on the phone with a 911 operator, police say it became clear both men were under the influence of some type of drug.

“One of the [dispatchers] was actually still talking to them and he couldn’t keep focus,” said Sgt. Daniel Mafturack, who added that the two were “staring off aimlessly” when they were located.

“Obviously they took something, we don’t know what, but they were calling to 911.”

A K-9 unit was called in to assist in the search after paramedics came up empty handed, and the pair were located within about 15 minutes and were found “silently staring off into the sky.”

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After several attempts to converse with the teens, police say it was revealed the pair had consumed an illicit drug and were extremely disoriented.

When asked if the two were grateful to be found Mafturack said “I don’t think they really knew” they were being rescued.

“They’ll know today when they start piecing it together I imagine once they sober up,” he said. “But we didn’t arrest them or charge them with anything.”

Mafturack says the two men couldn’t be charged with possession unless they were physically in possession of illicit drugs, not if they had consumed them already.

Both men were transported to Royal Victoria Hospital and later released.

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