Potential speeding ticket turns up drugs and cash in Westholme

Police set up a speed trap last week with the intent of improving traffic safety on Chemainus Road

Potential speeding ticket turns up drugs and cash in Westholme

Police set up a speed trap last week with the intent of improving traffic safety on Chemainus Road.

They may have also nabbed a drug trafficker in the process.

According to Sgt. Chris Swain, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officers had set up a speed trap Feb. 11 near Halalt Road when a Toyota sport utility vehicle darted by at high speed.

When they pulled the driver over for speeding they discovered a large quantity of marijuana in garbage bags and several thousand dollars in cash.

The only occupant, a 32-year-old man from Edmonton,  was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the vehicle seized as part of the investigation.

Police are recommending charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. The man is scheduled to appear in Duncan court in June.

“Traffic safety and aggressive driving remain a policing priority of our communities, as does drug enforcement,” Swain said in a media release. “Due to the actions of this individual, several policing priorities were served at once.”