Mounties pick up pot in two Osoyoos-area busts

Two seizures over the weekend allegedly turned up 2.5 kilograms of bud and 212 plants

Police in the Osoyoos area allegedly seized 2.5 kilograms of pot and 212 marijuana plants in two separate traffic stops last weekend.

RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services said in a press release the first bust happened around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when the driver of a Jeep was pulled over on Highway 3.

The officer noticed the smell of marijuana inside the vehicle, and a police dog subsequently found several vacuum-sealed packages of pot, about 2.5 kilograms in all, stowed in a speaker box inside the Jeep.

A large dagger, machete and “significant quantity” of cash were also seized, police said, and a 57-year-old Calgary man was released on a promise to appear.

Then on Sunday afternoon, police working a road check on Highway 3 noticed the smell of marijuana coming from a rented moving van and a pickup truck towing a trailer that appeared to be travelling together.

Mounties seized 97 marijuana plants from the rented van and 115 plants from the trailer. A shotgun and matching two-way radios were also taken.

A 71-year-old Surrey man and a 46-year-old Langley man both face possible charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and were released on promises to appear.