Smell of cannabis leads to cocaine trafficking charges in Hamilton RIDE check

RCMP-supplied photo of cocaine sample.
RCMP-supplied photo of cocaine sample. RCMP / File photo

A 21-year-old Mississauga man is facing several charges, including drug trafficking, after being stopped by Hamilton police at a RIDE checkpoint Friday.

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Officers made the stop shortly after 8 p.m. at Cannon Street East and Melrose Avenue. They say that the smell of “recently burned marijuana” prompted a check of the car under the Cannabis Act; that’s when police found a gram of cannabis and 3.5 grams of cocaine, as well as two cell phones and drug paraphernalia.

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The man is scheduled to appear in Hamilton court on Feb. 13 to answer to the charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine), driving a motor vehicle with cannabis readily available, and driving while under suspension.

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