An unnamed Airdrie man is facing multiple charges after a traffic stop led to the seizure of illicit cannabis from his vehicle on Jan. 8.
According to Alberta RCMP, at approximately 11:30 a.m. that day, an Alberta RCMP officer was working a Safe Roads Enhanced Enforcement shift in Airdrie when they observed a man driving while holding a cell phone and not wearing his seat belt.
"A traffic stop was conducted and the officer immediately noted a strong smell of cannabis coming from inside the vehicle," a press release stated.
A search was conducted under the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act (GLCA) and located the following:
- 36 Ziploc bags in which each Ziploc bag contained 28 individual one-gram packages of “Cannabis shatter,”
- 15 Ziploc bags that each contained 28 vials of “Cannabis wax”
- one Ziploc bag that contained 25 vials of “Cannabis wax,”
In total, RCMP stated they seized 1,453 individually pre-packaged bags of cannabis products (not marked for sale in Canada or Alberta).
As a result of the traffic stop, a 38-year-old male from Airdrie was charged with distracted driving under the Traffic Safety Act, failure to wear a seat belt, possessing cannabis within reach of the driver's seat, and possession of cannabis not in accordance with the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act.
The man faces a mandatory court appearance in Airdrie Provincial Court on Feb. 8. According to RCMP, his name cannot be released as the charges have not yet been formally sworn in.