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Kamloops RCMP nab nearly $850,000 after routine traffic stop of commercial tractor trailer

The money was seized during a traffic stop on Highway 1.
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August 24, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Kamloops RCMP scored big after what they thought would be a routine stop of a commercial tractor-trailer turned into the seizure of nearly $850,000.

According to a release from the RCMP, on July 26 at around 12:15 a.m., an officer with the Integrated Road Safety Unit stopped a commercial vehicle on Highway 1 just east of the city due to a traffic infraction.

When he pulled the driver over, the officer found some discrepancies in the driver’s log book, a bill of lading wasn’t produced and the driver couldn’t open the trailer as is required to ensure load securement.

Based on those factors and other observations, the officer suspected the driver was hauling contraband. The driver was detained while police began a Controlled Drugs and Substances intervention.

According to the release, a police service dog caught the scent of drugs and the driver, a man in his 50s from Surrey was arrested. When police searched the vehicle, they found only $840,565 but no drugs.

The truck and trailer were seized and the driver was later released with conditions with a charge of possession of proceeds of crime, which may be laid in the near future.

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