Traffic stop uncovers pot

A 34-year-old Langley man is facing drug charges after an RCMP officer noticed he wasn’t signalling turns, and discovered a sizeable amount of pot.

The driver was pulled over near the intersection of 96th Avenue and 200th Street at about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 27.

The Dodge Caravan had made two turns without signalling, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

A check found the van’s insurance expired.

The officer pulled over the van, and smelled the strong scent of marijuana while approaching, said Marks. He spoke to the driver, then found a sealed cardboard box behind the back seat with about half a pound of marijuana.

The driver said he was a legal medical marijuana grower, but he could not produce a certificate for transportation and storage, said Marks.

Police arrested the driver and did a search of the van, uncovering eight bags of marijuana, plus three garbage bags each half-full of recently harvested pot.

Police eventually had 30 kilograms of pot, about 66 pounds in total. The maximum amount registered growers can store is about 4.4 kilograms.

Also found in the van was a radio transmission jammer, illegal to possess without authorization, said Marks. Police are recommending that the man be charged with drug offences, and under the Radio Communication Act.

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