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Maidstone area traffic stop results in drug, weapons charges for driver: RCMP

Cocaine and weapons were seized from a vehicle stopped in the Maidstone, Sask., area on May 30, 2019.
Cocaine and weapons were seized from a vehicle stopped in the Maidstone, Sask., area on May 30, 2019. Saskatchewan RCMP / Supplied

An Alberta man is facing drug and weapon charges after a traffic stop in the Maidstone, Sask., area, according to RCMP.

A driver was pulled over for travelling in excess of 60 km/h past a marked police vehicle with its emergency lights on, which is illegal, on Thursday evening.

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A member with the Saskatchewan roving traffic unit said several observations during the traffic stop led to Michael Wardrop, from Cold Lake, Alta., being detained for a drug investigation.

A police dog was then used and indicated the presence of a controlled substance leading to Wardrop’s arrest, RCMP said.

A search by police discovered roughly 100 grams of cocaine, $8,000 in cash, brass knuckles, and a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the vehicle.

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Several pills suspected to contain fentanyl were also seized, according to RCMP.

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Wardrop, 25, is facing charges that include possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon.

He is currently in custody and scheduled to appear next in Lloydminster provincial court on June 3.

Maidstone is approximately 205 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.