Southeast District Traffic Services officers have seized over $60,000 in cash in less than a week during routine traffic stops, according to information from Cpl. Chris Newel, formerly with Clearwater RCMP.
On Friday, Jan 3, an officer stopped a vehicle on Highway 5 south of Clearwater doing 136 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone.
Upon further investigation, the officer found the driver had been consuming alcohol and a breath demand was read. The driver supplied two breath samples of “Warn,” which resulted in a three-day driving suspension.
The vehicle was searched under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, at which time the officer found a small amount of marijuana and approximately $18,000 cash.
The 24-year-old male from Edmonton was traveling to the Lower Mainland.
On Jan 4 an officer stopped a vehicle on the Trans Canada Highway near Kamloops for speeding. While dealing with the driver, the officer detected and odor of marijuana and the driver was arrested. A search incidental to arrest located $30,000 cash. The subject is a 26-year-old male from Kamloops.
On Jan 6 on officer stopped a vehicle on Highway 5 near McLure for a Motor Vehicle Act infraction.
While dealing with the occupants the officer made a number of observations that caused him to enter into an investigation under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. A search of the vehicle found approximately $15,000 cash. A 28-year-old male from Victoria and 27-year-old female from Vancouver are the subjects of the investigation.
All the subjects involved are being investigated for Proceeds of Crime and the money could be subject to forfeiture.
Traffic Services officer s throughout the province conduct traffic stops every day, but each stop potentially can become a criminal investigation. Traffic Services is dedicated to making our roadways safer.