Traffic stop reveals pounds of pot

A Lumby man is facing drug-related charges stemming from a traffic stop

A Lumby man is facing drug-related charges stemming from a traffic stop.

Members of the RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services conducted a traffic stop Saturday at 9:40 a.m. at 37th Avenue and 30th Street after the officer noticed the driver of a grey 1999 GMC Jimmy had failed to stop at the stop sign a block before at the railway tracks.

“While dealing with the driver, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “This led to the officer conducting a search of the vehicle and three large duffle bags filled with vacuum- sealed Ziplock bagged bud was located.”

In total, more than 47 pounds of marijuana was seized.

The suspect, 28, has since been released on a promise to appear in court in February facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession and breach of conditions.