Codeine, cocaine, nicotine: Churchill Drive traffic stop results in bust of mobile pharmacy

Driver charged after police find drugs and more than 30,000 illegal cigarettes in vehicle

A 50-year-old man from Winnipeg is facing multiple controlled substances charges after being found with cocaine, oxycodone, codeine, marijuana and more than 30,000 unstamped cigarettes in Thompson Feb. 1.

Thompson RCMP stopped a vehicle on Churchill Drive around 9 p.m. last Friday as part of an ongoing investigation, arresting the driver and seizing the contraband after a search of him and his vehicle. They discovered 186 flaps of cocaine and crack (about 85 grams in total) as well as more than 1,900 pills including 387 oxycodone pills and 326 codeine pills. Forty-one grams of cannabis, edible cannabis products, about 32,000 cigarettes and cash were also seized.

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Paul Kettler is charged with five counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking as well as with possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling under the Cannabis Act, transporting and delivering unstamped tobacco, possession of unstamped tobacco under the Excise Act and possession of unstamped tobacco under the Tobacco Act.

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