Traf­fic stop Turns into drug bust

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — Glen Dawkins

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.”

Ju­nior An­thony

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.

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