A tip and a traffic stop tabbed two Trail men for the tank.
A 25-year-old man and a 32-year-old man, both from Trail, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and had their vehicle searched on Monday in Kelowna after they were stopped and an RCMP officer smelled marijuana in their vehicle.
Around 3.3 kilograms (7.3 pounds) of marijuana, in fact, and more than $7,000 in cash—all seized by Central Okanagan Traffic Services (COTS) RCMP.
The two men were caught after a member of COTS received a tip from another RCMP officer about a prohibited driver that was headed northbound on Harvey Avenue in Kelowna.
Police located a black Ford F150 turning onto Highway 33 and confirmed the registered owner was in fact prohibited from driving.
The officer initiated a traffic stop in the Wendy’s parking lot (on Highway 33) but found more than he bargained for when he smelled marijuana coming from the cab of the truck, said RCMP Const. Kris Clark, Kelowna RCMP detachment media relations officer.
“I cannot release names until charges have been formally laid,” Clark said. “At this time, the 25-year-old has been release on a court compelling document only.”
The vehicle was impounded. The owner of the vehicle, the 25-year-old man, faces possible charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and driving while prohibited.
He has been released for court at a later date. It is unknown at this time if charges will be recommended against the second man.