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Saskatchewan traffic stop kicks off drug investigation, leads to two arrests

Jun 17, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Tip about a suspicious vehicle leads to seizure of suspected illicit drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and MDMA.

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Two men are in custody after an RCMP unit in Saskatchewan followed up on a tip about a suspicious vehicle.

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In April, Southey RCMP located the vehicle and arrested the female driver, who was wanted on warrants from Regina Police Service. During the arrest, officers found identification not belonging to the woman and an assortment of packages of suspected illicit drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and MDMA.

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Those items kick-started an investigation into drug trafficking in Southey, which led officers to raid a residence in the town of about 800 people.

Inside the home, officers seized a number of packages and syringes of suspected illicit drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and fentanyl, as well as drug trafficking paraphernalia, a sum of cash, a crossbow, three firearms and identification cards.

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Two men were arrested at the address. Combined, they face 43 charges, including one charge under the Cannabis Act. 

One of the men has been charged with one count of “alter the physical properties of cannabis, Section 12(1), Cannabis Act.”

“We continue to investigate and analyze all of the drugs seized, but I can tell you that this is a very significant seizure,” Southey RCMP Sgt. Kim Stewart said in a statement. “One of the things we seized is a jar full of fentanyl rocks. This is an extremely dangerous drug — just a small amount can cause a fatal overdose. Southey RCMP is committed to keeping drugs and firearms out of our communities through proactive, thorough investigations like this one.”

It’s far from the first time that a traffic stop has initiated a drug investigation.

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Earlier this year, an Alberta driver was stopped by the RCMP after they were observed driving without a seatbelt and talking on a cellphone.

While speaking with the driver, an officer noted the smell of cannabis. They then searched the car and found 52 Ziplock bags with 1,453 individually prepackaged bags of cannabis products. None of the products were marked for sale in Canada.

In addition to being charged with distracted driving and failing to wear a seatbelt, the driver was also charged for having the cannabis within reach and possession of cannabis not in accordance with the provincial Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act.

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