Traffic stop Turns into drug bust
A routine traffic stop turned into anything but when police attempted to pull over a vehicle whose driver was spotted talking on his cellphone and possibly not wearing his seatbelt.
On Thursday at just before 11 a.m., officers attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop in the area of Traverse Avenue and Marion Street in St. Boniface. Upon seeing police, the driver took off and attempted park in the rear lane of the block of 200 Goulet Street but slid into a fence. The driver fled from the vehicle and was seen throwing items to the ground as he ran. He was taken into custody in a parking lot in the 200 block of Marion Street.
Upon searching the driver, two cellphones were located and more than $300 in cash. As well, officers recovered about 40 pieces of crack cocaine with a street value of $1,600, 80 pieces of individually wrapped crack cocaine valued at $3,200 and a larger piece of crack cocaine worth around $250.
“I think it was a little bit unexpected when they attempted to stop the vehicle routinely that it sped off,” said police spokesperson Const. Tammy Skrabek. “It prompted a bit of urgency there.”
Wilmot, 33 of Winnipeg has been charged with trafficking cocaine, mischief under $5,000, possession of stolen property and a number of Highway Traffic Act Offences. He has been detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.