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A Nanaimo man has been formally charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking following a vehicle incident in April. 

The incident occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th at the intersection of Estevan Road and Departure Bay Road.

Officers were alerted after several calls were received of a motor vehicle that had rolled at the intersection.

According to reports, the driver had crawled out of the wreck and fled on foot. 

Several witnesses kept an eye on the driver and provided information on the suspect’s moment and location until officers arrived several minutes later.

Upon arrival, officers located the suspected driver in the parking lot of Brooks Landing Mall. 

The suspect was originally detained for impaired driving, however, officers’ focus quickly diverted after realizing the suspect was holding two bricks of suspected cocaine in his hand. 

The drugs later weighed in at 2 kilograms. The suspect was arrested. 

(Nanaimo RCMP)

The vehicle involved, a newer model black Jaguar convertible, was seized by police and towed from the scene.

The suspect, 43-year-old Nicholas Harris was released later that evening, with an order to appear on drug charges at the Nanaimo Provincial Court. 

On June 10th, Harris appeared in court and was formally charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was released from custody with his next court appearance slated for late August 2022.

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