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Traffic stop near Rock Creek yields illegal tobacco

Illegal tobacco, cash found during routine traffic stop
A routine traffic stop in Rock Creek uncovered a large quantity of illegal tobacco, cash and a prohibited weapon. Photo: Black Press File

A routine traffic stop near Rock Creek resulted in two people being arrested over illegal tobacco.

A news release stated on June 1, a Midway frontline RCMP officer performed a routine traffic stop on Highway 3, near Rock Creek, B.C. While verifying the driver’s license and registration, the officer noticed tobacco packaging that didn’t have the required tax stamp on its packaging, which is required by law.

The driver and passenger were arrested on scene and a search of the vehicle yielded approximately $42,000 worth of illegal tobacco and a “large quantity” of Canadian currency. The exact amount wasn’t available by press time.

The driver and passenger, both from Armstrong, B.C., face charges under the Excise Act, along with an additional charge relating to possession of a prohibited weapon.

“The proactive work carried out by this officer highlights the commitment our officers have to keeping our roads and communities safe,” stated Cpl. James Grandy, BC RCMP spokesperson.

He added residents in all areas of the province are encouraged to contact their local police to report any suspicious activity in their communities.

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