RCMP seized a large amount of drugs during a routine road check near Salmo on Tuesday. (Submitted)

Road check near Salmo yields large drug seizure

A routine road check near Salmo led to the seizure of a large amount of drugs on Tuesday.

A routine road check near Salmo led to the seizure of a large amount of drugs on Tuesday.

Police officers from the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit found more than they were expecting at a road check on Highway 3B near the Village of Salmo Tuesday afternoon.

Officers stopped a Honda Accord driven by a 27-year-old male from Red Deer, Alta. An investigation into impaired driving by drug resulted in a 24-hour driver’s license suspension for the driver.

According to an RCMP press release, “The investigation also yielded a large drug seizure including over 3800 hits of LSD, 180 hits of MDMA, 10 grams of Psilocybin (magic mushrooms), 16 pounds of marihuana, and 27 grams of Ketamine. The male also had four capsules of a drug believed to be 2C-B which is another psychedelic drug listed in Schedule III of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act not commonly found in the Kootenays.”

“This is an extremely large drug seizure and quite disturbing that these types of drugs in this quantity are travelling in our communities,” said Sgt. Chad Badry.

The driver has been released on a Promise to Appear in Nelson Provincial Court and an Undertaking to abide by conditions related to the offence pending drug analysis and charge approval of six counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking.

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