Drugs found after Vernon van pulled over

Woman faces drug- and prohibited driving-related charges after stopped by an observant Vernon RCMP officer...

An RCMP officer noticed a woman driving a red 1991 Astro Van Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the area of 43rd Avenue and 29th Street in Vernon.

This is significant because the same officer dealt with this driver and charged her on Jan. 8 for driving while prohibited.

“He was pretty sure she was still prohibited from driving,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk about Monday’s stop.

Things only got worse for the driver, a 47-year-old Vernon woman.

While the officer was dealing with her, he noticed what he believed to be cocaine in plain view in the van.

The investigation led to the seizure of more than $3,900, 14.63 grams of cocaine, 8.54 grams of marijuana and a number of unknown pills. The van was impounded as well.

The suspect is expected to face charges of prohibited driving and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Molendyk said she could face additional counts after further analysis of the pills are done.

The woman was released on a promise to appear to attend court at a later date.