In a bubbling bust in BC’s Interior last week, police say hard liquor cases totaling about $ 100,000 were seized near Revelstoke.
Not only did police confiscate dozens of cognac bottles from a stuffed Toyota minivan parked in a commercial vehicle overnight area, but officers also seized small amounts of suspected cocaine and fentanyl plus $ 11,000 in cash.
Police also noted that two people were arrested, a man and a woman from Calgary. Both residents were also found to be the subject of previous criminal activity on the lower mainland.
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Investigators believe this was not the first time the two have transported large quantities of liquor from Alberta to BC to avoid the province’s liquor tax.
Police say the rear seats were removed and the vehicle was filled from floor to ceiling with boxes hidden by a blanket.
Both people were released and the investigation is ongoing.
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“Often, investigators will find wanted persons, stolen property, drugs, weapons, cash and other smuggled goods,” BC Highway Patrol Insp. It says Dale Car in a press release.
“By removing these people from our highways and disrupting their activity, we prevent this type of criminal behavior from continuing, and that is one of many ways we together make our highways safer.”
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