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Two separate traffic stops last week led to the seizure of a stolen car, illicit drugs, and weapons in Saanich.

At around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, November 18th, Saanich Police conducted a traffic stop after an automated licence plate reader detected a stolen vehicle in the 3400 block of Saanich Road.

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The driver and passenger of the vehicle were stopped and when the car was searched, officers found drugs believed to be fentanyl and cocaine, as well as bear spray and a

Police seized the vehicle and it has since been returned to its registered owner. The driver has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act and is being investigated for possession of drugs and weapons.

In a second incident less than 24 hours later, one of the same officers was using the automated licence plate reader while patrolling the 4000 block of Quadra Street.

This time, the officer arrested a driver for driving while prohibited, and seized drugs believed to be fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine, along with bear spray and brass

His vehicle was impounded and he has been charged with Driving While Prohibited. Police are also considering filing charges related to the drugs and weapons.

Investigators do not believe the two incidents are related.