A BC man driving a semi-truck across Canada was caught at a traffic stop in Manitoba with what police said is the largest marijuana seizure via traffic stop in Canada since 2015.
On July 22, an RCMP officer on traffic patrol stopped a commercial semi-trailer on the Trans-Canada Highway at Westhawk, Manitoba.
“The stop was initiated to conduct a regulatory inspection of the driver’s paperwork,” RCMP said in a release. “These checks are done to ensure safety of commercial vehicles and their loads as commercial vehicles are involved in approximately 20% of road fatalities every year in Manitoba.”
According to police, when the officer stopped this vehicle and checked the driver’s paperwork, “several discrepancies” were discovered.
The load was then examined by several officers in order to try and resolve those discrepancies. When the officers opened the trailer, they found 925 pounds of vacuum-packaged marijuana as well as 75 pounds of cannabis shatter, oils, and edibles hidden among the legitimate load of food products.
The driver was arrested as a result of the discovery, and the drugs and the semi-trailer were seized.
Now, 46-year-old Aggassiz resident Claudiu Huber has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking a controlled substance. He has been released pending a future court date.
Police said the truck’s load originated in the Lower Mainland, and was destined for southern Ontario.