Police may not be able to stop the crooks sometimes, but they can hinder them.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on April 10, a Vernon North Okanagan Traffic Services officer noticed a man driving a vehicle within the City of Vernon while talking on a cell phone.
The driver was stopped.
“While the officer was dealing with him, it was apparent that this person was active in the drug trade as the three cell phones he had kept ringing the whole time the officer was dealing with him,” said Gord Molendyk, spokesperson for the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP.
The 23-year-old Armstrong man was arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking as about 30 grams of cocaine, some magic mushrooms, LSD, and meth, along with more than $500 in cash, were seized.
The police officer found it interesting that the man had a jacket in his vehicle which had the letters CSTC in bold print on it.
Written under the bold letters was “CAN’T STOP THE CROOKS.”
The driver was issued a ticket for being a class seven novice driver who was on his cell phone, he was not displaying a N on the back of the vehicle and no validation tag displayed on his licence plate.
He received a total of $380 in traffic fines and has been released on a promise to appear for a July 10 court date to deal with the drug-related offences.
“The officer’s comment about the jacket was, ‘We might not be able to stop the crooks, but perhaps we can slow them down a bit and maybe they don’t mind paying for some of their actions,’” said Molendyk.