(Photo by West Shore RCMP)

What began as a seatbelt infringement quickly became an unexpected drug bust.

On Tuesday, May 16th, a West Shore RCMP Bike Patrol Unit was patrolling near the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Jacklin Road in Langford, when they pulled over a Ford Ranger. 

Initially, it was because the passengers weren’t wearing seatbelts, but the officers quickly discovered the vehicle’s occupants were in possession of controlled substances.

Officers seized the following:

  • Around 14 grams of suspected Fentanyl, 7 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, and 20 ml suspected GHB
  • a can of bear spray
  • approximately $1,500 cash
  • various other drug trafficking paraphernalia, including drug packaging materials

Both the driver and passenger were arrested for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, but have since been released from police custody.

“Though the province of BC has decriminalized small amounts of certain illegal substances including fentanyl and methamphetamine, it is illegal to have these substances in a vehicle where they are readily accessible to the driver,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer.

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