Routine traffic stop leads to multiple charges

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November 4, 2014 9:31 AM

It was a routine traffic stop late last month that led to the arrest of three men, two of which were from the United States and in Canada illegally.

Lloydminster RCMP arrested three men on Oct. 20 after conducting a routine traffic stop on the corner of 56 Avenue and 44 Street.

Constable Grant Kirzinger said that as a result of the traffic stop, the officer on scene was able to detect marijuana in the car.

“The RCMP officer placed the three individuals inside the vehicle under arrest and the search that followed, the RCMP officer was able to find 41 grams of cocaine, 16 grams of crack cocaine, 11 grams of crystal meth, and two grams of marijuana,” he said.

Kirzinger added that an additional $3,000 was also found in the vehicle.

“The street value of the drugs total adds up to just over $5,600,” he said. “The total dollar value for that traffic stop that was seized was around the $9,000 mark.”

The driver and the front passenger of the vehicle were Americans who were in Canada illegally, according to Kirzinger.

“The driver of the vehicle was 31 years of age, and the passenger was 19 years of age. There was a Canadian in the backseat of that vehicle, who was from Lethbridge and was 26 years of age.”

A hearing was held at the Lloydminster RCMP detachment.

“They were held in custody on bail, the Canadian was able to pay his bail right away, and the other two were transferred to Edmonton where they were able to pay their bail.”

The three accused are facing five charges each.

“All are facing four different trafficking charges, as well as possession of property obtained by crime,” Kirzinger said.

The three accused will appear in Edmonton Court on Nov. 18.

No names of the accused were released as an investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

Kirzinger said that the RCMP is still looking into where and how the two men from the United States were able to cross the border and enter Canada illegally.

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