Police net gun, drugs in Malahat safety campaign

A man and woman from Port Alberni were nabbed with drugs and a handgun on the Malahat during the ongoing police campaign to make the highway safer.

A man and woman from Port Alberni were nabbed with drugs and a handgun on the Malahat during the ongoing police campaign to make the highway safer.

RCMP South Island Traffic Services pulled over a vehicle Tuesday traveling southbound at 123 kilometres per hour in an 80 km/h zone.

The car reeked of marijuana and officers subsequently found a 230 grams of the drug and a Ruger 9 mm gun with a loaded magazine.

The 25-year-old female driver faces charges of possession for trafficking. She also received a ticket for excessive speeding.

The 28-year-old male has a significant criminal record related to weapons, drugs and property crimes. He faces charges related to firearms and possession of drugs for trafficking.

As of the end of July, officers with the “Make the Malahat Safer” campaign have handed out 838 speeding tickets, including 20 for excessive speeding (41 km/h over) where the vehicle is impounded for seven days.

Fourteen commercial vehicles have been ticketed for violations. Two drivers were hit with impaired driving charges and four received a warning.