Drugs seized from car missing front tire, driver asleep at wheel

Drug bust in Lake Country

Illegal drugs were seized by Lake Country RCMP after police were called about a man sleeping behind the wheel of his car, which was also missing a front tire.

On February 18, a Lake Country resident reported a yellow Toyota Camry idling on the wrong side of Woodsdale Road in Lake Country.

“He reported it as suspicious not only because of its location, but also because it was running, missing a front tire, and a man appeared to be sleeping in the front seat,” says Sgt. Jon Collins of the Lake Country RCMP.

An officer attended and discovered a 50-year-old Lake Country man in the vehicle and placed him under arrest.

“During their search of the vehicle, police seized significant quantities of suspected illicit drugs including suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine,” says Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the Kelowna RCMP. “Over $1,300 in Canadian currency was also seized.”

The vehicle, which was uninsured, was towed by police.

The man was released unconditionally without charge, pending further investigation. The matter will be submitted to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for consideration of charges.

“This was certainly outside of the norm for our community,” says Sgt. Jon Collins. “We want to thank the community member for reporting this matter to us. It was a great observation on his part.”

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