Wabasca / Desmarais, Alberta – On Tuesday May 2, 2017 members of the RCMP’s integrated traffic unit were conducting traffic enforcement in the community of Wabasca, Alberta. Shortly after 10:30 am a black jeep was observed to be speeding at 82 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone. While pulling in behind the jeep the officer observed a liquor can being tossed from the vehicle.
Upon stopping the vehicle the driver advised he had recently lost his wallet and driver’s license. The driver verbally provided a name and date of birth to the officer. Further investigation was made into the identity of the driver, and with the assistance of Desmarais RCMP detachment officers it was determined that the name given initially was indeed false. The driver was arrested for obstructing a peace officer for providing the false name.
While searching the driver as well as the jeep incidental to the arrest officers located nearly $900 in cash, items linked to drug trafficking and just under one ounce of Cocaine. All items were seized and the Jeep was towed.
Corporal Curtis HARSULLA of the Integrated Traffic Unit says, ” This type of seizure is significant and will effect the drug trade in this Northern community. It is not uncommon for a traffic stop to result in contraband seizures as criminals travel the same roads as everybody else. With the help of the local officers we will continue to focus on apprehending criminal and high risk drivers throughout the area.”
33 year-old Samson Angus CARDINAL of Desmarais faces numerous charges including Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking and Obstructing a Peace Officer. He makes his first appearance in Desmarais Provincial Court June 8, 2017.
Wabasca RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit