RCMP traffic unit nets drugs and weapon

A stop by the Saskatchewan Roving Traffic Unit has resulted in an arrest and seizure of drugs, money and a pistol.

According to a release, on the evening of May 30, members with the Saskatchewan Roving Traffic Unit were working in the Maidstone area when a traffic stop was initiated for a vehicle for traveling past a marked police vehicle in excess of 60 km/hr.

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The police vehicle emergency lights were activated. During the traffic stop interaction, the officer made several observations that led to the 25-year-old driver, Michael Wardrop from Cold Lake, Alta., to be detained for a drug investigation.

A police service dog was deployed and indicated for the presence of a controlled substance leading to Wardrop’s arrest. Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of approximately 100 grams of cocaine, brass knuckles, $8,000 in Canadian currency, several pills suspected to contain fentanyl and a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the vehicle.

Wardrop was taken into custody with a court appearance date of June 3, 2019 at Lloydminster Provincial Court to speak to the following charges: possession for the purpose of trafficking; possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000; unauthorized possession of a firearm; unsafe storage of firearms; carry a concealed weapon; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

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