RCMP score huge drug bust east of Brandon

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On June 14, 2019, at 4:40 pm, officers with the RCMP Roving Traffic Unit, conducted a traffic stop east of Brandon on Highway 1 in the RM of Cornwallis. The traffic stop led to a search of the vehicle which resulted in the seizure of 60 kilograms of cannabis.

Police arrested Douglas Durham, a 39-year-old male, and Richard King, a 60-year-old male, both from Windsor, Ontario, for Cannabis Act related offences. Both males have been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Distributing, Possession of Illicit Cannabis, Possession of over 30 grams, and Possession of Unstamped Cannabis and have been released for court scheduled in Brandon on August 8, 2019.

“While recreational cannabis is legal, this seizure shows that there is still illicit cannabis in our communities and police will continue to enforce this,” said S/Sgt. Kyle McFadyen of “D” Division Traffic Services. “The only way to know your cannabis is safe is to purchase cannabis through approved distributors as outlined in the federal Cannabis Act and the provincial Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act.”

The RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent as those who produce and traffic illicit drugs destroy lives, homes and communities.

If anyone has any information regarding drugs or any other criminal activity, please contact your local police agency or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

RCMP continue to investigate.