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K9 Service Dog Assists In Drug Arrest At Traffic Stop

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On Thursday, March 14, shortly after 5 PM, two occupants of a vehicle were arrested and approximately 2.7 kilograms of marihuana was seized, after a Saanich Police K9 officer and his Police Service Dog were called to the scene of a traffic stop.

An officer with the Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit observed a vehicle fail to obey a traffic control sign near Mckenzie Avenue and subsequently stopped the vehicle in the 3900 block of Glanford Avenue.  The officer observed that both the driver of the vehicle and the passenger both appeared to be very nervous during the traffic stop.

Based on the observations, the officer contacted Saanch Police K9 officer Jason WHITTAKER and his Police Service Dog Brock.  PSD Brock, who is trained to detect the odour of narcotics, conducted a drug examination around the outside of the vehicle.  PSD Brock indicated to his handler that narcotics were detected.

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A search of the vehicle located a backpack with approximately 2.7 kilograms of marihuana bud that was packaged in plastic (see photo attached) from the trunk area of the vehicle.

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The driver, a 30 year old male from Surrey, and the passenger, a 25 year old from Nanaimo, were both arrested at the scene.  Both have been released from custody and will be appearing before the court in early May, facing the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.

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