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Drugs, weapons seized during weekend traffic stop in Lethbridge

Drugs, weapons seized during weekend traffic stop in Lethbridge - image
Courtesy: Lethbridge Police Service

A 39-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences following a traffic stop early Saturday morning in Lethbridge.

Around 5 a.m., a suspicious vehicle with no license plates was stopped in a north side parking lot on the 400 block of Mayor Magrath Drive, after police said it was observed engaging in a quick transaction with another vehicle.

Members of the Lethbridge Police Service Canine Unit and Downtown Policing Unit assisted police in the stop.

The driver of the vehicle, 39-year-old Andrew Hall of Taber, Alta., was arrested for multiple breaches of his release order conditions, including a 24-hour curfew.

Drugs, weapons seized during weekend traffic stop in Lethbridge - image
Courtesy: Lethbridge Police Service

Upon a search of the vehicle, police located several weapons including a machete, bear spray, and a metal airsoft hand gun.

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Several grams each of meth, fentanyl, and crack cocaine were also found, with a total value estimated at around $3,000, as well as packaging, scales and cash consistent with drug trafficking.

Police said Hall has been charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, mischief under $5,000 from damaging police vehicle, two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, possession of the proceeds of crime, and four counts of failure to comply with a release order.

He will remain in custody until Dec. 21 while awaiting a court appearance.

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