Suspect pulled over for traffic stop by Red Cliff RCMP
Two BC residents are facing drug trafficking charges after Red Cliff RCMP allegedly found 80 pounds of raw pot inside their vehicle during a routine traffic stop.
The driver, 29-year old Elijah Unrah of Campbell River BC and 61-year old Marjorie Berry, also of Campell River, are both facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The traffic stop occurred on Jan. 16 at about 1 p.m., near Irving, Alberta on the Trans Canada Highway. The RCMP officer pulled over the vehicle for allegedly speeding and displaying an expired licence plate.
During the traffic stop, the RCMP officer realized he was dealing with more than a routine traffic stop and called for backup.
As the officers approached the vehicle for a second time, they could smell the raw marijuana. At that time, Unrah and Berry were arrested for possession of marijuana, says Cpl. Darrin Turnbull, Red Cliff RCMP spokesperson says.
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Officers then searched the vehicle and allegedly found 80 pounds of pot that had been packaged into plastic bags and then put into four hockey bags and one suitcase.
Cpl. Turnbull says police estimate the street value of the pot to be approximately $544,000.
“The interdiction of criminals while they are traveling on Alberta highways is one of the top priorities of the Integrated Traffic Units in the Province of Alberta. This traffic stop is another excellent example of how the investigation of a routine traffic offence can lead to the detection of criminal activity, promoting safer communities.” Cpl. Turnbull said.