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Traffic check leads to pot bust

Catching a cellphone-using driver also connected the cops to a major marijuana-growing operation last week.

A North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officer conducting traffic enforcement at the Canada Avenue-Ingram Street corner at around 10 a.m. Aug. 26 spotted a male motorist talking on a cellphone, explained Cpl. Kevin Day.

The officer stopped the vehicle, and a search located 240 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.

The driver — whose named has not been released — was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Further investigation led to two Duncan residences sporting two separate cannabis-growing operations, Day said.

Police seized 313 marijuana plants, and more than 300 grams of dried weed, Day said.

Police are pursuing charges against the 55-year-old Duncan male. Those charges include possession of a controlled substance and Motor Vehicle Act infractions.

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