Sketchy driving nets drug bust

One risky driving maneuver has landed two Vernon residents in some serious hot water.

On April 5 at about 3:15 a.m. an officer from the Vernon Detachment was conducting routine patrols in the area of 25 Avenue and 35t Street when he noticed a small light coloured car heading eastbound on 25 Ave.

According to the RCMP officer the vehicle turned off on 34 Street and suddenly veered into the access road to the Green Valley Motel, alerting the officer that something was wrong.

The officer watched a man in a hoody and ball cap exit the car and leave the driver side door open. 

“Our officer confronted the man, and asked for his driver’s license. He told the officer he didn't have a license. At this point the suspect became nervous, and very fidgety,” said RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk.

A search of the suspect turned up a small plastic vial of suspected heroin and about $2,000 in cash.

The 28-year-old Vernon man was arrested for possession and the passenger of the vehicle, a 22-year-old Vernon woman was asked to exit the car as well.

“As she was getting out the officer noticed an extendable baton on the passenger seat right where she had been sitting. She was arrested for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose,” said Molendyk.

The woman was also found to be on conditions of a Recognizance and was breaching her curfew set in place out of Prince Rupert.

Once the two were in cells a thorough search was conducted, resulting in more cash and drugs.

“$7,900 in cash was located in the man’s shoe. A thorough search of the car turned up a substantial amount of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. Pills were also located along with other weapons,” added Molendyk.

Both suspects were scheduled to appear in court Monday.


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