Coquitlam man busted on highway with more than 100 pounds of marijuana

RCMP officer conducting sobriety check finds driver with duffel bags of weed.

RCMP roadside check

A 42-year-old Coquitlam man is scheduled for a September court date after being caught in a vehicle with more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

The man was arrested about 1:25 a.m. on Friday, June 10, after a Revelstoke RCMP officer pulled over a 2013 Toyota Sienna van travelling east on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Revelstoke RCMP Cpl. Thomas Blakney says the officer conducted the traffic stop for the purpose of a sobriety check as the driver was failing to stay in his lane. The driver was found not to be impaired; however, he was immediately arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

“A search of the vehicle resulted in a significant seizure of over one-hundred pounds of marihuana, all in vacuum sealed bags and further concealed in large duffel bags,” reports Blakney.

The seized marijuana is estimated to be worth in excess of $350,000.

The man was later released on a recognizance for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and for possession of proceeds of crime totalling $8,600, which was seized by police. He is scheduled to appear in Revelstoke Provincial Court on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m.


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