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Auto-theft investigation leads to RCMP seizure of trafficking quantities of illicit drugs

Photograph of the items seized by police, including suspected illicit drugs, cash and paraphernalia;

Front line RCMP officers seized large quantities of suspected illicit drugs during the recovery of a motor vehicle taken without the owner’s consent Tuesday morning in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On July 28, 2020 at 10:49 a.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a Ford F-350 pickup truck had been taken without the owner’s consent," he said. "The registered owner had reportedly entered into a local business, leaving their vehicle with a passenger inside. When the owner returned the passenger and the vehicle were gone."

Trail RCMP located the suspect and the vehicle on Esplanade Street in downtown Trail. He was taken into police custody and later released pending further investigation. The vehicle was returned to its owner.

Following the man’s arrest police seized:
  • over 27 grams of various forms of suspected cocaine;
  • over 14 grams of suspected fentanyl;
  • approx. 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine;
  • Four pills suspected to be dilaudid;
  • over $4,400 in Canadian and American currency;

The 36-year-old Trail man now faces a number of potential auto theft and drug related charges. Once the police investigation is complete, which will include a proper analysis of the substances seized, Trail RCMP will provide all details of its investigation to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for charge assessment.