Last Thursday, January 25th, members of the Brandon Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Traffic Services conducted a Joint Forces Traffic Safety and Enforcement Initiative on the Trans-Canada Highway in and around the City of Brandon.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., members from BPS and RCMP conducted a vehicle stop approximately five kilometres west of Brandon on a Manitoba licensed vehicle for a traffic violation.  

BPS Sergeant Dana McCallum says an eastbound vehicle had a fair amount of debris on its windshield and the officers stopped the vehicle due to concerns about the driver's ability to see.

Upon further investigation, both occupants of the vehicle were arrested under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a bag containing approximately nine kilograms of Fentanyl. The street value of this drug is estimated at $1.1 million dollars. 

A 27-year-old male and 23-year-old female both from Steinbach have been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance and were scheduled to make their first appearance in Court on January 26th, 2024.

"This is a substantial amount of drugs that we were able to get off the street," notes Sergeant McCallum.  "If anyone sees anything suspicious, they should call in to report that to police. And it's a great opportunity when we're able to work with our partner agencies to do these kinds of initiatives and stumble across these drugs and get them off the street."