One driver’s inability to stay in his eastbound lane on the Trans-Canada Highway last week not only resulted in a traffic stop but the subsequent discovery and seizure of more than 100 lbs (50 kilograms) of marijuana.
A statement from Cpl. Thomas Blakney said the June 10 stop occurred at 1:25 am when a Mountie saw a brown 2013 Toyota Sienna van travelling eastbound through town on the highway. The officer “conducted a traffic stop with the purpose of conducting a sobriety check as the driver was failing to maintain his lane.”
“The driver was determined not to be impaired, however, was immediately arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle resulted in a significant seizure of over 100 pounds of marijuana, all in vacuum-sealed bags and further concealed in large duffel bags.
A 42-year-old man from Coquitlam, British Columbia, was released on a his own recognizance for Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Proceeds of Crime as a total of $8,600 in Canadian Currency was seized from this person. The street value of the pot is estimated at more than $350,000. He is expected to appear in Revelstoke Provincial Court on Wednesday, September 7.