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Vernon RCMP find 4 kg of meth hidden in SUV's secret compartment

Clear plastic bags of methamphetamine and one small clear plastic bag of cocaine are pictured in this photo submitted by Vernon RCMP. The drugs were found in a hidden compartment of an SUV seized by police under the Civil Forfeiture Act.
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October 21, 2020 - 2:29 PM

Police have seized meth and cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in a suspect vehicle involved in a violent hit and run with a cyclist last March.

The white Jeep Grand Cherokee was involved in a hit and run on March 24, according to an RCMP media release, and it was seized as part of an ongoing investigation.

Police said at the time a cyclist had a verbal altercation with the occupants of a white Jeep Grand Cherokee, and when he cycled away the driver ran into him knocking him off his bike.

Two men then exited the Cherokee and assaulted the cyclist, police said. Investigators were not able to immediately identify the driver or the occupants but were able to seize the vehicle involved under the Civil Forfeiture Act.

A search of the vehicle revealed an after market compartment which contained four kilograms of methamphetamine and over 100 grams of cocaine.

"This seizure is significant and we are continuing to investigate with plans to propose drug charges," Sgt. David Evans with the Vernon Targeted Policing Unit said in the release.

The secret compartment was removed prior to the vehicle going to public auction, as such a modification is prohibited, police said. 

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