Traffic stop near Revelstoke yields significant cash seizure

On Sunday, September 8, 2019 Revelstoke RCMP were alerted to an erratic driver on Highway 1 about 30 kilometres east of Revelstoke, BC.

Officers from the local Detachment located the vehicle, which bore licence plates from an eastern Canadian province, and stopped it about 10 kilometres east of town. The officers engaged the two men in the vehicle, both of whom were from eastern Canada, and they were detained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Upon further investigation at the roadside, both individuals were arrested for Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

The officers engaged the services of the South East District Roving Traffic Unit and the Specialty Police Service Dog to assist with the investigation. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a significant quantity of Canadian currency. The vehicle and cash were all seized. The two men were later released on a Recognizance for a future court date.

The seized currency was counted and is secured at an undisclosed location (not in Revelstoke). The cash seizure totalled approximately $1.9 million dollars (CND).

This is a reminder to motorists that we all have a role to play to keep our highways and communities safe from individuals who may be engaged in criminal activity. In this case, police were alerted to the manner in which someone was driving, then acted on that information. Rather than doing the easy thing and simply issue a ticket, the officers employed their investigative skills and disrupted criminal activity.

This is also a shining example of the quality police work done by the Revelstoke RCMP officers, who recognized that something was not quite right and then engaged more resources to assist their investigation and confirm their suspicions. This demonstrated excellent and seamless cooperation between the Detachment and specialty RCMP units that work together throughout British Columbia on a daily basis.

A serious collision may have been prevented had police not stopped this vehicle and it was prevented from arriving unchecked at its destination. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t – please give us a call!

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