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Vehicle in ditch leads to drug bust in Saskatchewan

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Man and woman arrested after providing false names and refusing to exit the vehicle

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A report of a vehicle in the ditch along Highway 10, east of Yorkton, has led to multiple charges against a man and a woman in Saskatchewan.

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Arriving on the scene, officers with Yorkton RCMP determined that the vehicle and license plate were stolen and the two occupants, a 25-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, were arrested after providing false names and refusing to exit the vehicle.

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  1. Officers began pursuing van after driver failed to stop. /

    Dozen cannabis plants discovered after van leaves road, driver falls into ditch

  2. Passeby reports finding cannabis in hedgerow. /

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  3. Officers with the Malvern Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team “has located and seized a large quantity of cannabis plants which had been left in a ditch.” / PHOTO BY MALVERN COPS, TWITTER

    Somebody ditched mystery marijuana in a U.K. ditch

A search of the vehicle revealed 42.6 grams of cocaine, 32.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 9.9 grams of fentanyl, 720 hydromorphone tablets, 5 grams of liquid concentrate cannabis and 5 methylphenidate tablets.

The 25-year-old is charged with one count of resist/obstruct peace officer, one count of possession of fentanyl, and one count of possession of opioid. 

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The 33-year-old is charged with multiple counts of resist/obstruct peace officer, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, possession of property obtained by crime, possession for the purpose of trafficking for various drugs, and was also ticketed for having, keeping or consuming alcohol in a vehicle.

After further investigation, he was also arrested on warrants from Estevan Police Service for flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and resist/obstruct peace officer. He was also charged in relation to a White Butte RCMP investigation from earlier this month when an officer approached a suspicious vehicle in Pilot Butte, a town in southeast Saskatchewan.

The driver fled the scene and collided with a police vehicle and a garbage bin. No injuries were reported.

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Last month, a similar situation unfolded in the U.K., after a fleeing vehicle was driven into a ditch and responding officers recovered 12 cannabis plants from the occupant.

The vehicle reportedly initially caught the attention of police a few days before Christmas after they spotted a “massive bullseye on the windscreen.” When police approached the vehicle, the driver fled and additional officers were called in for the pursuit.

The driver was later arrested for a number of offences, with police reporting that the man was “placed on the naughty list and got to see Christmas in his very own room with no chimney.”

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