Traffic stop for mudflaps nets drugs and handguns

On Highway 16 near Maidstone Wednesday, an eastbound vehicle occupied by two adult males was stopped by the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Roving Traffic Unit for failing to have proper mud flaps, a violation of the Saskatchewan Vehicle Equipment Regulations.

During the course of the vehicle stop, however, a simple equipment violation turned into a drug trafficking and possession investigation due to several factors that will be presented as part of the court process, states an RCMP press release

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A search of the vehicle revealed three kilograms of methamphetamine, 0.5 kilograms of cocaine and three handguns.

Two adult males have been charged as a result. 

Devin Marshall Cunningham (1986-02-22) of Edmonton, Alta, is facing the following charges: two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine and methamphetamine); one count of possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000; one count; one count of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; one count of possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized; one count of possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle contrary; one count of possession of a restricted/prohibited firearm without a licence; one count of carrying a concealed firearm contrary; one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

 Also charged is Andrew David Paddley (1988-11-17) of Edmonton, Alta. He is charged with the following: two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine and methamphetamine); one count of possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000; one count of possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized; one count of possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle; one count of possession of a restricted/prohibited firearm without a licence; one count of carrying a concealed firearm contrary; one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose contrary to Section 88(2) of the Criminal Code; one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm; one count of failure to comply with a recognizance; one count of possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Both Cunningham and Paddley made their first appearances in North Battleford Provincial Court Friday morning. They are remanded in custody and will reappear Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. by CCTV.

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