The Grande Prairie RCMP has charged two people with drugs and weapons offences.
Authorities first spotted the suspects’ car on January 14th as it allegedly sped through a traffic stop but officers did not pursue the vehicle. Further investigation led them to a gas station in Beaverlodge, where they located the two suspects and the car.
A man and a woman were arrested after reportedly trying to run away. Upon investigating the suspects’ vehicle, Grande Prairie RCMP say they found about 28.7 grams of cocaine and approximately 2.1 grams of meth. Officers also seized $650 cash and a replica gun.
35-year-old Derek Charles Shaw and 46-year-old Danita Agnes Banner have both been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Shaw has also been charged with obstruction of a peace officer, while Banner is additionally charged with the flight of a peace officer, and possession of a controlled substance.
The Grande Prairie residents have been released from custody. Shaw is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on February 28th, while Banner is to appear on March 2nd.