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Forged document leads Wood Buffalo RCMP to seize suspected drugs, weapons

PHOTO. Supplied by Wood Buffalo RCMP.

Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested a woman on several drug and weapons-related charges.

On Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m., the region’s Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 63 one kilometre north of Fort McMurray.

The 25-year-old female driver provided RCMP with a forged government-issued identification card resulting in further investigation.

Police identified and arrested the driver Brittney Leigh Whyte from Edmonton, Alta.

Whyte had outstanding warrants for her arrest.

RCMP searched the vehicle and seized several drugs including 28 grams of suspected cocaine, 14 grams of suspected fentanyl, and 3.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

They also seized proceeds of crime and weapons.

Wood Buffalo RCMP charged Whyte with the operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited, using a forged document, identity fraud, and proceeds of crime under $5000.

Whyte also faces three counts each of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession for the purposes of trafficking.

RCMP also laid provincial charges for transporting liquor in a vehicle when liquor is within easy access of an occupant and exceeding the maximum speed limit.

Following a hearing, police released Whyte, who is due back in court on Nov. 24, 2020.