Revelstoke, BC – On March 17, 2021 at approximately 9:30 AM, an officer with BC RCMP Traffic Services’ Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) in Revelstoke was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 1 east of that community when he stopped a westbound van for traveling at 150 km/h in a 90 km/h zone.
As the officer approached the van he observed that all the seats behind the driver were folded down and the cargo area contained numerous large boxes wrapped in white plastic. The officer questioned the driver, a man in his thirties, and passenger, a man in his sixties, both from Alberta, and advised the driver that the van would be impounded for excessive speed.
The officer conducted routine computer checks on the van’s occupants and, as a result of the information learned and the behaviour of the driver, he formed the grounds to believe a criminal offence was being committed. The officer, along with his partner, arrested both men for trafficking contraband tobacco and advised them of their Charter Rights.
The officers examined the contents of one of the boxes and found it contained illegal, unstamped tobacco. A further search yielded 14 boxes containing 700 cartons, totalling 5600 packs of illegal cigarettes which totalled over $15,000 CND.
The driver is facing charges under the Excise Act, a ticket for Excessive Speed ($368 + 3 points) and the rental van was impounded at the driver’s expense. He was released with a future court date, while the passenger was released without charge.
The mandate of BC RCMP Traffic Services is to keep BC’s highways safe by enforcing those offences that cause serious injury and fatal collisions, including high risk driving behaviour like excessive speed. In some cases, traffic stops lead to the discovery of criminal behaviour and the seizure of drugs, weapons, cash and other contraband.
Motorists are reminded that they can contribute to road safety by driving defensively, obeying speed limits, wearing seat belts, driving sober and distraction-free every time you get behind the wheel.
BC RCMP Traffic Services
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