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).



Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

B.C. Health Minister announces plan for new hospital in Terrace

“This means more beds, a level three trauma centre, better surgery and better care,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said.

B.C. Family Day to move to third week in February next year

Premier John Horgan said the move is to better align the holiday with businesses and families

B.C. to increase minimum wage to $15.20/hour in 2021

Premier John Horgan says next increase will come in June

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canada rounds out Day 11 earning gold in 2 more events

Comox Valley’s Cassie Sharpe and fan-favourites Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir all earned golds

Trudeau announces two-way $1 billion investment deal with India

Some of India’s biggest companies to invest more than $250 million in Canada in the coming years

’60s Scoop group educates survivors, pushes rejection of federal settlement

Federal government’s compensation proposal includes $50 million for an Indigenous Healing Foundation

As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

At the box office, inclusion is paying — and often, it’s paying off big time

Washington senator wants B.C. to follow suit and phase out net-pen fish farms

An American ban will be less effective in the shared ecosystem of the Salish Sea, senator says

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

Most Read