RCMP officers have seized 925 lb of vacuum-packed marijuana near West Hawk. The Mounties also recovered 75 lb of related cannabis product. Officers with the RCMP say it's the largest seizure stemming from a traffic stop in Canada over the last three years.
The semi was coming from B.C., and it was destined for southern Ontario. The marijuana was found mixed in with legitimate food products.
On Sunday, an RCMP officer on traffic patrol stopped a commercial semi-trailer on the Trans-Canada Highway at Westhawk. The stop was initiated to conduct a regulatory inspection of the driver’s paperwork. These checks are done to ensure safety of commercial vehicles and their loads as commercial vehicles are involved in approximately 20 per cent of road fatalities every year in Manitoba.
According to the Mounties, when the officer stopped this vehicle and checked the driver’s paperwork, several discrepancies were discovered. The load was then examined by several officers in order to try and resolve those discrepancies.
When the officers opened the trailer, they found 925 pounds of vacuum-packaged marihuana as well as 75 pounds of cannabis shatter, oils, and edibles hidden among the legitimate load of food products.
Police say the driver of the vehicle was arrested, and the drugs and the semi-trailer were seized. Claudiu Huber, 46, from Agassiz, BC, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking a controlled substance. He has been released pending a future court date.
The semi-trailer load originated in lower mainland, BC, and was destined for southern Ontario. This seizure is the largest marihuana seizure through a traffic stop in Canada since 2015.
Mounties note the marihuana in this seizure was produced and trafficked illegally, and destined for the illegal market. Officers add, for end consumers, there is no way to know the origin or the potency of the marihuana in this seizure, which could have very harmful health effects on anyone consuming the drug. The RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent in the interest of public safety.