A specialized RCMP traffic unit has seized over 180 kilos of marijuana through routine traffic stops on Alberta highways over the last three months. And that’s not all, says RCMP K-Division’s Roving Traffic Unit. The unit has seized cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, crystal meth, and roughly $400,000 in cash
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"There's everything there from marijuana, GHB. We've got mushrooms, we've got coke, we've got crack, we've got heroin. This all came off the highways," said Supt. Howard Eaton of RCMP K-Division traffic services, adding some of drugs are linked to organized crime.
"This has been a good four months, but we have had times like this before. When you think about the volume of vehicles going through Alberta, we're probably getting a small percentage of what's actually moving through it."
About 190 RCMP traffic service members regularly patrol Alberta's highways for anyone breaking the law. The RTUs are specially trained to look beyond traffic violations and work with drug sniffing dogs to find illegal goods.
Eaton said the amount of contraband seized is significant. The marijuana equates to more than 700,000 joints, there was also 5,000 hits of oxycontin, 9,000 hits of cocaine and nearly $500,000 in cash.
What's most alarming, said Eaton, is the 70,000 hits of GHB (date rape drug).
"That's pretty unusual," said Eaton, who also emphasized that firearms were seized. "They're carrying large quantities of dope or cash and they're armed."
The bulk of the seizures occurred around Lake Louise, while a few were near Jasper, Olds and Strathmore. The 28 offenders, including 25 men, were from B.C. and Alberta.