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Driving with mismatched licence plates led to a big drug bust in Kamloops

Drugs and cash were found in a Kamloops motel room after a man was stopped for having mismatched licence plates.
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February 10, 2021 - 12:13 PM

Half a pound of hard drugs were seized and a 19-year-old man from Mission was arrested after Kamloops police pulled him over because of mismatched licence plates.

He was stopped in the 1500 Block of River Street yesterday, Feb. 9 and police say he resisted arrest for driving without insurance.

A civilian helped the officer so the suspect could be handcuffed. A search followed the arrest and a quantity of drugs was found.

That led to a 10:45 p.m. search of a room at the Riverland Inn and Suites motel where about five ounces of suspected cocaine and 3.6 ounces of suspected fentanyl were found, along with thousands of dollars in cash

“Even in the very initial stages of this investigation, police were met with resistance, illustrating how quickly risk can escalate when dealing with those involved in the illegal drug trade,” Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay of the Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit said in a news release.

“In this case, kudos to the civilian who recognized what was going on and came to the officer’s assistance. Thanks to that initial arrest, the officer’s safety was maintained and he was also able to uncover evidence which led to our CRU (Crime Reduction Unit) and TEU (Targeted Enforcement Unit) teams obtaining and executing a search warrant. That warrant ended with police removing a substantial amount of drugs and cash off the streets and out of the drug trade.”

The man was later released as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

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