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Nelson traffic stop leads to cocaine bust

RCMP seized 1.3 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop last week. - Nelson Star file photo
RCMP seized 1.3 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop last week.
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A routine traffic stop in Nelson Friday led to the seizure of 1.3 pounds of cocaine.

RCMP say at 12:20 p.m. members of the West Kootenay integrated road safety unit stopped a Ford 350 pickup for driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

As a result, officers investigated the driver, a 37-year-old Calgary man, for impaired driving and having open liquor in a vehicle.

A search then located the cocaine, scales, and other drug paraphernalia.

The suspect faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and property obtained by crime. He was jailed pending a court appearance Wednesday in Castlegar.

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