(Nanaimo RCMP)

A simple traffic stop early this month in Nanaimo led to more than officers expected.

In a press release Monday, Nanaimo RCMP announced officers with the Street Crime and Community Response Unit conducted a routine traffic stop resulting in the seizure of drugs, replica firearms and more. 

At approximately 4:30 p.m on January 19th, officers stopped a vehicle driven by a man known by police for not having a valid drivers licence. 

The individual was accompanied by two other individuals in the vehicle, who were identified by police who were found to be associated with the drug trade. 

Officers investigated, uncovering 10 ounces of Crystal Methamphetamine, 2.5 ounces of Crack Cocaine, 149 Prescription pills, 500 MLS of GHB, $385 Canadian Currency, 4 cell phones, a digital scale and 5 replica firearms within the vehicle.

The total estimated street value is approximately $40,000.

The suspects have since been released pending analysis of items seized for charge approval, according to RCMP.