Vernon woman arrested with cocaine at RCMP detachment

A 48-year-old woman was arrested at detachment for breach of condition involving cell phone, then found to have cocaine on her person...

A Vernon woman discovered that while on current probation conditions not to possess a cell phone, it’s not a good thing to bring a cell with her to the local RCMP detachment.

Nor is it a good idea to have drugs hidden on you.

On Thursday, at around 7:15 p.m., a North Okanagan Traffic Services officer was trying to locate a 48-year-old woman he had previous dealings with to issue her court documents associated to her driving while prohibited and drug-related charges.

“The officer had been given a new phone number to contact her at and what makes this case a bit unique is that she is on a court order not to possess any cell phone from her previous interaction with this officer,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The woman came to the detachment on her bike to pick up her documents. While there, the officer noticed her cell phone in her back pocket.

She was arrested on a breach of condition for two different files, and when she was in cells she was found to be in possession of five pre-packaged bags of cocaine, .66 total grams hidden on her person.

“While she was in custody, her phone received calls looking for drugs,” said Molendyk.

The woman was held in cells pending a court appearance on Monday.