Russell RCMP find booze, drugs, illegal smokes in highway traffic stop

A traffic stop on a Manitoba highway has led to charges for three men and two women after police say they found open liquor, illegal cigarettes, a gun, and various drugs in the vehicle.

Police pulled the vehicle over on Hwy 41 near Hwy 16 in the RM of Ellice-Archie around 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

The municipality is located in southwestern Manitoba, near the Saskatchewan border.

The 32-year-old man from the Birdtail Sioux First Nation behind the wheel told police he didn’t have a license and a further check showed he was also prohibited from driving, say police.

Officers say the man was arrested for impaired driving when a breath analysis showed he had a blood alcohol concentration 1.5 times the legal limit.

Police then searched the vehicle and say they found a .22 calibre rifle, 2,400 unmarked cigarettes, a small quantity of pot, prescription drugs, and open liquor.

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