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North Island Traffic police make two drug seizures in two days

“We continue to target and intercept traveling criminals in the North Island area.”

The RCMP’s North Island Integrated Road Safety Unit (NI IRSU) made two big drug busts recently.

According to a press release from Cpl. Bart J. Doerr, on Sept. 6, a member of the NI IRSU, which is based out of Courtenay, pulled over a vehicle for speeding on the Island Highway, south of the jurisdiction of Port Hardy, B.C.

The driver was subsequently arrested for possession of heroin and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The driver was also suspected of being in possession of stolen cigarettes.

A second traffic stop the following day on Sept. 7, just south of Port McNeill on the Island Highway, yielded another drug seizure.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested after being found to be in possession of what appeared to be illegal cigarettes. A subsequent search of this vehicle located four pounds of what was believed to be marijuana.

“The RCMP decided to share both of these recent successes in order to show how they are continuing to target and intercept traveling criminals in the North Island area,” says Cpl. Doerr of NI IRSU.

Traffic Services and NI IRSU will continue to be visible in all areas of the North Island and will also be enforcing all Motor Vehicle Act infractions and targeting impaired drivers.

– Gazette staff

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