Traffic stop nets drugs, weapons

Two Fort St. James residents were charged with a variety of offences, and court dates have been set.

On Aug. 19, Fort St. James RCMP made a significant seizure of drugs and weapons as a result of a traffic stop.

At approximately 3:00pm, Fort St. James RCMP stopped a vehicle travelling northbound on Hwy. 27 by Lower Road. The vehicle was not insured and the driver, a 26-year-old Fort St. James woman, was a prohibited driver and was arrested. Several offences were noted under the Motor Vehicle Act, the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and the Criminal Code. The passenger, a 33-year-old Fort St. James man, was subsequently arrested.

A search of the vehicle revealed drugs believed to be heroin, crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, methamphetamine, pills, and marijuana, and some of it was packaged for individual sale. Also in the vehicle were weapons such as bear spray, collapsible batons, knives, and “brass knuckles”, as well as an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency.

Both the driver and the passenger were taken to the Fort St. James RCMP Detachment, and multiple charges were recommended, including possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and weapons-related offences. The female will be released, and will make her first appearance in Fort St. James Provincial Court on Oct. 5, 2015. The male has been held in custody, and will make his first appearance in Vanderhoof Provincial Court on Aug. 24, 2015.

“Fort St. James RCMP are committed to keeping our community safe, and the sale of illicit drugs undermines the safety and security of our residents,” said Sgt. Poppy Hallam. “As demonstrated by the seizure made, these criminals carry weapons to protect themselves and use these weapons to intimidate. The behaviour is not welcome in our community.”

Fort St. James RCMP encourages the public to come forward with any information about the sale of illicit drugs or illegal activity. Their identity can be protected. If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call the Fort St. James RCMP Detachment at (250) 996-8269. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).