A hunch by a Vernon RCMP officer resulted in a drug bust Saturday on Mission Hill.
Just before 11 p.m., an officer noticed a man and a woman leaving a residence in the 3700 block of Commonage Place, and suspected drug activity associated with the two individuals and the home.
“Our officer stopped them, and he conducted a safety check of their backpack for weapons,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
A quick search of the bag found the man to be in possession of a bottle of bear spray, an extendable baton and a knife. The suspect was arrested for weapon offences.
When they arrived at the Vernon RCMP detachment, a thorough search of the backpack revealed a fairly large amount of miscellaneous drugs including crack cocaine, meth, heroin, marijuana and some pills, along with $5,000 in cash.
The items have been seized and the 27-year-old Vernon man – who Molendyk said was well-known to police – was released from custody on a promise to appear in Vernon Provincial Court for drugs- and weapons-related offences at a later date.
It appears no charges will be laid against the woman.