Officers find more than they expect when they pull a driver over in a speed trap on the Pat Bay Highway
A speeding violation at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal cost the driver $100,000 with the seizure of 20 pounds of marijuana in one pound bags, 65 grams of shatter, which is a strong derivative of marijuana, and 28 grams of hashish.
An officer of the Capital Regional District Integrated Road Safety Unit was conducting laser speed enforcement in the 50 km/h zone entering the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.
A driver proceeded into the speed trap at a speed of 87 km/h in the 50 km/h zone and was pulled over by the officer.
The officer spoke with the driver who was the sole occupant of the vehicle asking for his driver’s license and registration.
At this time the officer believed he detected a faint smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, but decided to write the speeding violation ticket and confirm his suspicions later.
When the officer returned to the offending vehicle to issue the violation ticket, he re-confirmed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The driver was arrested and a search of the vehicle was conducted.
Two large containers in the truck revealed the illegal drugs.
“All dried marijuana seized was found to be vacuum-sealed and packaged within several other bags in an attempt to conceal its odour,” said Corporal Ryan Bacica with the CRD IRSU.
There was also a large sum of cash seized, approximately $3500.00
The street value of the drugs is approximately $100,000.
The driver was later released from custody to appear in court at a later date for a charge of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance.
Police say the 28-year-old Saanich man has no criminal record and he told officers he didn’t feel like what he was doing was wrong.
“He’s a self-admitted advocate for marijuana use, he was in possession of business cards at the time where he was advertising home delivery for marijuana,” said Cpl. Bacica.
With a growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries allowed to operate in Victoria it seems pot has become a grey area of the law — but these officers say it’s still clear to them .
“It’s still against the law to possess marijuana, it’s still against the law to drive under the influence of marijuana and we are taking active measures to enforce those laws,” said IRSU Constable Kerry Whitbread.