Police find brick of cocaine after collision

KAMLOOPS – Police responding to a collision on the Coquihalla Highway found more than they bargained for thanks to observant witnesses who saw a man hiding stuff in the ditch before RCMP arrived.

Police responded to an accident between a Toyota Highlander and a semi-truck on the highway five kilometres south of Kamloops on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The man allegedly hit the tractor trailer after swerving his vehicle to avoid hitting highway workers.

Witnesses noticed the suspect, a Burnaby man, had hidden a bag in the ditch before police arrived on the scene. Once officers arrived at the accident, they noticed the driver was acting suspicious.

RCMP members retrieved the bag, which contained a brick of uncut cocaine valued at over $20,000, from the ditch.

Officers are recommending a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking. The driver was also ticketed for driving without due care and attention.

He was released on a promise to appear and his next court appearance is set for May 25. The investigation remains ongoing.

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