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Routine traffic stop leads to marijuana seizure

A routine traffic stop netted more than 30 kilograms of marijuana  and the arrest of a 34-year-old Langley man on Dec. 27.

Around 6:30 p.m., the officer pulled the vehicle over in the area around 96 Avenue and 200 Street to check the vehicle for not signaling his turns and for an expired insurance decal.

The officer had observed the Dodge Caravan make two turns without signalling and had confirmed via computer checks that the insurance was expired.

As he approached the vehicle, he took note of a strong smell of fresh marijuana, said Cpl. Holly Marks.

After speaking with the driver for a short time, a sealed cardboard box with approximately half a pound of marijuana was allegedly located behind the back seat, said Marks.

The driver told the officer he was a certified grower, however he couldn’t produce his certificate for transportation and storage.

The driver was arrested and a complete search of the vehicle resulted in more than 60 pounds of raw pot being seized (eight bags and three large garbage bags half full).

Police confirmed that the legislation permits a certified grower to store a maximum for 4,410 grams of marijuana.

Police also located a radio transmission jammer within the vehicle, which is illegal to possess without authorization.

Police will be recommending charges to Crown counsel in contravention of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,

and the Radio Communication Act.

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