Wood Buffalo RCMP have taken another bite out of Fort McMurray’s drug trade.
Police have arrested three individuals on drug-related charges after two separate traffic stops netted almost 100 grams of cocaine.
On March 9, a vehicle was pulled over for committing a traffic violation. Officers came to suspect that there were drugs in the vehicle and conducted a search, recovering 39 grams of cocaine and 3 fentanyl pills. A 26-year-old male and 16-year-old female, both of Fort McMurray, have been charged with possession of cocaine for purpose of trafficking, possession of fentanyl for purpose of trafficking, and possessing property obtained by crime. The male has also been charged with suspended driving.
The second incident occurred Sunday along Highway 63 near Confederation Way, where police noticed a vehicle pulled over with its hood partially open. RCMP say the officers saw indicators suggesting drugs were in the vehicle, and found 60 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine. A 28-year-old Fort McMurray man has been charged with possession of cocaine for purpose of trafficking and breach of probation.
“It’s not unlike when we stop a vehicle where suspect an impaired driver,” said Corporal George Cameron, who couldn’t specifically refer to the cases in question. “There may have been an odour in the vehicle, or something in plain view that’s drug-related.”
RCMP said in a statement that they are reminding offenders that they will be “dealt with accordingly” if they jeopardize public safety.