A suspiciously slow driver caught to attention of highway RCMP last week leading to a significant drug bust.
Last Monday, a Southeast District Traffic Services officer patrolling the Coquihalla Highway noticed the vehicle travelling 30 km/hr under the speed limit at around 7:45 a.m.
The officer pulled the driver over near Merritt and while talking to him, noticed a strong smell of marijuana.
The driver produced a bag of pot from the crotch of his pants and was arrested for the possession of the drug.
RCMP then searched the man's vehicle and found a communication device that lead investigators to a second vehicle and driver travelling in tandem with the suspect.
That vehicle was tracked to a restaurant parking lot in Kamloops. When police spoke to the second driver, they again smelled marijuana.
Police dogs were brought it and uncovered 14.5 pounds of pot inside a hockey bag in the trunk.
"The marijuana was packaged in thick plastic vacuumed sealed bags, which were ready for transporting and distribution," said Const. Lesley Smith, RCMP media relations.
This seizure has an estimated street value of over $28,800, said Smith.
Both men are now facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
They were released from police custody with a Promise to Appear in court on May 27 in Kamloops.