Counter Attack nabs drugs, weapons

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers found weapons and drugs as they kicked off their seasonal campaign...

Think the RCMP are simply looking for drunk drivers at Counter Attack road checks?

Think again.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers found weapons and drugs as they kicked off their seasonal campaign Friday night in Vernon, Armstrong and Spallumcheen.

“It’s more than just Counter Attack when our officers are doing these road checks,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

One driver was arrested for being impaired and for having in his possession a semi-autiomatic SKS rifle with a 30-clip (30 bullets) magazine, and a .22-calibre rifle with a 25-round magazine. The driver was also in possession of narcotics.

Speaking of which, another driver stopped at the road check was found to be in possession of 30 marijuana starter plants in potting soil.

For the first Counter Attack check of the season, officers issued one impaired driving ticket which carried a 90-day driving prohibition.

They issued two three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions and ticketed one prohibited driver, one driver with no insurance, one for having open liquor in the vehicle, one for speeding and one commercial vehicle was ticketed.

For the week, there were four 24-hour prohibitions issued by police, with all four being for alcohol offences, two three-day IRPs, one 90-day IRP, one impaired driver and eight vehicles were impounded.