Brandon police say that a month-long investigation has resulted in the seizure of about $40,000 worth of methamphetamine.
It’s believed the drugs were destined for Brandon when the vehicle that carried them was intercepted at the city’s eastern edge.
"It’s a very significant seizure and we’re very happy to get 200 grams of methamphetamine off the streets," Brandon Police Service Sgt. David Andrew said on Friday as police announced the bust.
One local lawyer recently remarked that crystal meth has become the "hard drug of choice" in Brandon, and Crown attorney Christina Cheater shares that concern.
"Methamphetamine seems to be becoming a problem in Brandon," Cheater said during a bail hearing in Brandon provincial court on Friday as she detailed the events leading up to the arrest of a suspect.
Cheater said the investigation resulted from a tip to police on Thursday, informing them that a man was to transport a large amount of meth to Brandon from Winnipeg.
As a result, police pulled over a vehicle on Highway 110, near the Assiniboine River bridge, on Thursday evening and arrested the driver, who was found with $300 cash.
The vehicle was towed back to the BPS station, where it was searched. Inside, police found an "electronic device" and opened it to find four plastic baggies believed to be crystal meth.
Also, behind the passenger seat, was a small container that contained a substance also believed to be crystal meth.
On the floor behind the front passenger seat, they discovered a box that contained 15 rounds of 7-mm bullets, and a gun magazine that held three bullets of the same calibre.
Cheater said that, in total, police found 197 grams of crystal meth with an estimated worth of $40,000 — enough for more than 1,900 hits.
The suspect was already pending on charges out of Saskatchewan from 2015, Cheater said.
Those include possession of crystal meth, break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime, failing to report an accident and possession of crystal meth.
The suspect had been released to live in Brandon while pending on those charges.
Cheater said the amount of crystal meth that was found in the vehicle points to a high-level dealer.
However, defence lawyer Andrew Synyshyn suggested the Crown will have trouble making its case — the drugs were hidden and the vehicle didn’t belong to his client.
Synyshyn predicted the Crown would have a tough time proving his client knew the drugs were there.
Judge John Combs agreed to release the accused, Kevin Matthew Law, on bail.
Law is charged with possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and carelessly carrying ammunition.
The allegations haven’t been proven and he’s presumed innocent.