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Kelowna traffic stop leads to large seizure of drugs

A photo submitted by Kelowna RCMP shows many of the items believed to be illicit drugs seized by officers during a traffic stop on Dec. 21, 2018.
January 08, 2019 - 3:46 PM

KELOWNA — Police in the Central Okanagan were active throughout the holiday season ensuring the sobriety of drivers through standard road checks and one check stop resulted in the arrest of a man with several suspected illicit drugs.

Through a joint effort by the Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section and the RCMP Southeast District Central Okanagan Traffic Services officers caught a driver with several suspected narcotics in his vehicle during a regular sobriety check stop in Kelowna, according to an RCMP media release.

On Dec. 21, 2018 shortly after 1 a.m. officers were conducting a check stop on Springfield Road near Parkview Crescent when an officer stopped the driver of a grey Mercedes E350 sedan.

Police spotted drug paraphernalia inside the man’s car and believed the man’s driving ability was being affected by drugs, RCMP say.

A search of the man’s vehicle revealed a replica handgun, a switchblade knife, and several suspected illicit drugs including 250 oxycodone pills, 50 Dilaudid pills, 70 Xanax pills, 10 LSD tablets, 15 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of methamphetamine, and nearly 600 millilitres of GHB.

Police say the 35-year-old man from Kelowna was issued a driving prohibition and faces a number of drug-related charges.

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