Traffic stop leads to drugs and gun seizure

Port Alberni

2022-01-13 07:41 PST

File # 2022-172

On January 7th 2022 a Port Alberni RCMP frontline member was patrolling the 3600 block of 4th Ave, when they initiated a traffic investigation of a vehicle registered to a resident of the Lower Mainland and its driver.

The initial stop developed into a drug investigation, resulting in the detention of the driver. The investigator’s observations supported a search warrant application for the vehicle which was approved by the BC Justice Centre.

The vehicle search resulted in the seizure of a significant quantity of drugs including suspected methamphetamine, fentanyl, and crack cocaine, as well as cash and an unregistered & loaded firearm next to the driver’s seat. A civil forfeiture application is in process for the 2017 vehicle, which may result in the vehicle being relinquished to the Crown.

This is just one example of the proactive work our officers do on a daily basis to disrupt criminal activity in our community. stated Port Alberni RCMP Detachment Officer in Charge, Inspector Eric Rochette.

The driver was released on conditions, including not to be on Vancouver Island, pending charge approval by Crown Counsel. The driver’s identity will not be available for disclosure until charges are approved.

Released by

Sgt. Chris Manseau

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BC RCMP Communication Services
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