Traffic stops lead police to bigger finds

What began as routine traffic stops in Greater Trail lead to two significant drug busts, and five arrests.

In the last week, what began as routine traffic stops by the West Kootenay Traffic Services, lead to two significant drug busts, and five arrests.

On Feb. 12 in Trail, West Kootenay Traffic Services pulled over a Dodge pickup.

Initially, the driver was stopped after officers observed him using an electronic device while driving and not wearing a seat belt.

The RCMP news release said the officers found the 25-year-old Trail resident to be in possession of a large amount of crack cocaine, packaged for sale.

Further investigation also revealed oxycodone tablets and a large amount of Canadian currency.

The male was arrested and released with a court date in Rossland on April 11.

On Sunday afternoon, during a road safety check in Salmo, West Kootenay Traffic Services had occasion to check a vehicle with four occupants.

Following an investigation for prohibited driving, police located almost nine pounds of dried marihuana, with an estimated street value over $11,000, inside a locked hockey bag.

The report said officers also seized money, knives and the vehicle.

The four adults from Surrey were released after being charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking; and one male, with possession of property obtained by crime.

They are scheduled to appear in Nelson court on May 7.