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Two face charges after slow driving turns drug bust

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Two men face drug trafficking charges after a marijuana bust that resulted from a vehicle driving too slowly on the Coquihalla Highway last week.

RCMP members pulled over a vehicle at about 7:45 a.m. on March 11 for driving suspiciously slow near Merritt.

"In this case, the driver was driving approximately 30 km under the speed limit which raised concerns," said Const. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer in a press release.

Police could smell the drug and seized it from the driver who was carrying it in the crotch of his pants.

He was immediately arrested for possession. His vehicle was then searched and a communication device was found suggesting he was communicating with another driver.

A second vehicle travelling in tandem with the suspect was located at a restaurant in Kamloops.

a marijuana odor was coming from this second vehicle as well and upon search, 14.5 pounds of the drug was found inside a hockey bag packaged in thick plastic vacuum sealed bags seemingly ready for transportation and distribution.

“This significant seizure had an estimated street value of over $28,800,” Smith said.

Both men face charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Both were released from custody and are expected to appear in Kamloops courts on May 27.

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