Morden Police were kept busy last week with a number of controlled substances offences.

On September 8, around 9:00 p.m, police were conducting a checkstop and while speaking with a driver of a vehicle, officers immediately detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside.  

The driver admitted to just recently smoking a joint with his girlfriend and that there was a roach in the ashtray of the car. A check with police dispatch indicated the driver's license was expired and he was on an Undertaking with conditions not to possess or consume any intoxicating substances. The driver was arrested and a subsequent search of the vehicle found the marijuana cigarette and a metal grinder.  

The 23-year-old male driver from Morden was released on a Promise to Appear for court in Morden on October 31st, charged with Fail to Comply with an Undertaking and Drive without Driver's Liability Insurance.

That same day, an 18-year-old male from Morden was issued a warning after entering the checkstop with a small quantity of marijuana. The marijuana was seized for destruction and there were no charges.

On September 9, police conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle around 1:10 am on 9th Street in Morden.  

While speaking with the driver, an odor of marijuana was detected coming from inside the vehicle. Police asked the driver if there were any illegal substances in the vehicle, to which he replied there was not.  

Police observed a small plastic bag partially sticking out of the pocket in the back of the passenger’s seat.  When asked what it was, the driver responded that he did not know but pulled it out to find a small quantity of marijuana. A subsequent search of the vehicle found a grinder and a tar like substance in the same pocket. All items were seized and the 18-year-old male from Morden was issued a warning for possession of a controlled substance.   

The same morning, while on general patrol at 1:20 a.m, officers observed a vehicle leave the Morden Thrift store parking lot and continue eastbound on North Railway Street. Police stopped the vehicle and spoke with the male driver who had an odor of liquor on his breath.  

A demand was made to provide a sample of his breath on a roadside screening device that resulted in a fail.  

The driver was arrested for impaired driving and two subsequent breath tests were analyzed at 110mg%. The 23-year-old male driver from Winkler is charged with Impaired Driving and Drive over .08.  He will be appearing in Morden Provincial Court in October.

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