Police Report – a trunkful of cash

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Marijuana seized

March 10 around 1:30 pm Traffic Services was conducting a distracted driving enforcement road check on Hwy 1 at the south end of Cache Creek. Officers stopped a southbound Ford F150 after the driver was seen fastening his seat belt as he approached the road check. Police detected a strong odour of marijuana inside the truck. The driver was arrested and his vehicle searched. Fifteen grams of marijuana were seized and the 65 year old man from 150 Mile House was issued a ticket for seat belt violation.

Prohibited driver stopped

March 10 at 2 pm in the same area of Hwy 1, Traffic Service officers stopped a Dodge Caravan in which a passenger was not wearing a seat belt. The driver, a 50 year old Kitimat woman, could not produce a valid Drivers License and was found to be a prohibited driver. As she as taking a family member to a medical appointment in Vancouver, police decided not to impound the vehicle. Another adult was allowed to continue driving, but the woman will be charged with driving while prohibited.

Cash discovered

March 10 at 2:30 pm Traffic Service officers stopped a southbound Pontiac Grand Prix for speeding on Hwy 1 in Cache Creek. The car was travelling at 78 kph in a 50 kph zone. The driver exhibited suspicious behaviour and driving habits. The 18 year old Williams Lake man was  given a ticket for speeding, but the officer also ordered the vehicle searched. Officers found $50,000 in cash hidden in the truck, along with three cell phones. Neither the driver nor his passenger, a 19 year old Williams Lake man, could give a consistent reason for the large amount of cash. The money was seized and is under investigation as proceeds of crime.

Freedom was brief

March 11 at 2 pm police were called to the Greyhound Bus station in Cache Creek about an intoxicated passenger disturbing the other travellers. The highly intoxicated male became very agitated when police approached him in the parking lot. It was discovered that the 43 year old Gitanmaax man had just been released from the Fraser Valley Correctional Centre that morning,  on conditions that included abstention from alcohol. He was arrested and taken to Kamloops to answer to two charges of breaching his probation.

Mischief at the vet clinic

March 12 police were called to the veterinary clinic in Cache Creek after an incident of mischief was reported. The glass in the front door was damaged with what may have been a pellet gun. There was no other damage on the property.

Motel manager injured

March 13 at 9 pm police were called to the Nugget Motel after a report of mischief and assault. It was reported that a 60 year old female tenant had smashed a window. The manager was injured and required treatment by ambulance attendants. The matter is still under investigation.

Throwing rocks

March 14 at 2 pm police were called to a residence in downtown Ashcroft where the owner had apprehended two young teenagers who had been throwing rocks at his vehicles. One managed to smash a driver’s side window. Police took custody of the boys and turned them over to their parents for discipline. One of the parents agreed to pay for the damaged window.

Medical issues

March 14 at 11:30 pm police were called to assist BC ambulance with a possible intoxicated male in the Oasis parking lot. It turned out that the 64 year old Hagwilget male was having a diabetic incident. He was transported to the hospital for treatment and released to his daughter.

Deer 1 – Landrover 0

March 15 at 8:50 pm police received a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy 99 about 10 km from the junction with Hwy 97. A 26 year old Cache Creek woman lost control of her Land Rover while successfully avoiding a deer on the highway. The vehicle suffered minor damage but had to be towed out of the ditch. The driver was not hurt.

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