Significant Drug Seizure by IRSU
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Victoria BC - On October 18th, 2012 at 1120 PM, members of the Capital Region District Integrated Road Safety Unit were conducting an impaired driver road check on Esquimalt Rd at Harbor Rd in the city of Victoria. A police officer spoke with the driver of a vehicle that approached the road block and he noted an odor of fresh marihuana coming from the vehicle. The 25 year old female from Victoria was arrested and a subsequent search of her vehicle located 6 pounds of fresh marihuana.
The vehicle which was a 2010 Ford Edge valued at $30,000 was also seized as a vehicle used in the commission of an offence. An application will be made to have the vehicle forfeited to the crown as proceeds of crime. The female driver was released on a Promise to Appear for court at a later date to answer to charges of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking.
"The Integrated Road Safety Unit's primary mandate is to reduce harm on our roadways by way of impaired driver enforcement and Motor Vehicle Act enforcement. In this instance this police officer relied on his experience and followed up on a smell inside of a vehicle which led to a significant drug seizure that was no doubt destined for sale on the streets of Victoria.
This is one of the largest drug seizures that this unit has dealt with in recent years. In addition to facing criminal charges this motorist now faces the very real possibility of forfeiture of the vehicle she was driving". - Cpl. Ryan Bacica CRD IRSU.