Handgun, cocaine seized from slow driver, police say
It appears slow and steady does not always win the race after all.
A Vancouver man will likely face drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop this week near Kamloops uncovered cocaine and a handgun.
RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said an officer working highway patrol on the Yellowhead just north of Kamloops on Tuesday, March 20, noticed a vehicle slow down immediately after driving past the police car.
"The officer continued to observe the driving pattern and noted the driver continued traveling in the passing lane at a speed well below the posted speed limit," he said.
"As a result of the slow speed, he was impeding traffic and created a back-up of vehicles."
The Mountie pulled the vehicle over, and noticed "several indicators" leading him to believe there were drugs in the car.
A drug-sniffing police dog was called out, Moskaluk said, and the canine confirmed the officer's suspicion.
The 26-year-old driver was arrested and the vehicle searched.
According to Moskaluk, the search turned up 180 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, $2,000 in cash and a 22-calibre handgun.
"The seizure is a considerable amount of drugs to be taken out of circulation, in addition to removing an illegal firearm that may have been utilized in other criminal offences," he said.