Whiff of marijuana leads to arrest

A Lower Mainland man speeding on Westside Road ended up with more trouble.

A Lower Mainland man speeding on Westside Road ended up with more trouble.

A Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP rural officer was conducting patrols on Westside Road at about 2:45 p.m. April 3 when he came upon a green Dodge pickup speeding northbound.

“The officer confirmed with radar the driver was going 82 km/hour in a 60 km/hour zone,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The officer stopped the truck and spoke to the driver, issuing him a speeding ticket.

As he was doing that, the officer noticed a strong odour of marijuana coming from the truck, so he placed the driver under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, and conducted a search of the pickup.

“The search turned up 26 marijuana plants, each about two feet tall, and about 100 marijuana clones, about seven inches tall,” said Molendyk. “They were all discovered on the rear seat covered by a blanket.”

The driver, a 46-year-old man from Maple Ridge, was taken into custody, then released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.