RCMP make ‘significant’ drug bust during traffic stop

A nine-millimetre handgun and 740 grams of crack cocaine were seized by RCMP during a traffic stop on Wednesday evening on the highway outside of Behchokǫ̀.

Andrew Norn, 38, of Fort Resolution and 28-year-old Marilyn Beaulieu of Hay River, now each face three drug and weapons charges.

“It would be considered a significant or large seizure for the Yellowknife/ Behchokǫ̀ area, seizures of this quantity suggest significant drug trafficking,” Corporal Matt Halstead said today.

But after police “formed grounds” to arrest the driver during the 6:50 p.m. stop, they had to first break into the vehicle to remove him.

The driver was told they were under arrest but refused to exit the vehicle and rolled the window up, said Halstead.

After the driver ignored repeated requests to exit the vehicle, the officers forced entry into the vehicle through a window and took the driver into custody.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of the nine-millimetre handgun with a prohibited high-capacity magazine, 740 grams of crack-cocaine as well as other drug paraphernalia.

The pair were remanded into custody and are expected in Yellowknife court today.

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