Something caught the nose of the Castlegar RCMP as they walked through the Tim Hortons parking lot on the morning of March 14, 2012.
Heading in for a coffee around 9:00 a.m., the two officers could smell marihuana.
There was no one in the area smoking anything, but there was definitely a strong smell coming from one of the vehicles in the parking lot. In no time at all, the officers zeroed in on the suspect vehicle.
One woman sitting in the vehicle was arrested right away, and another was also arrested when she came back to the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle lead to the seizure of approximately 45 grams of marihuana including 20 rolled marihuana joints. There was no marihuana openly being smoked in the vehicle. The pot was packaged up and had been put in with personal items.
One of the women was released on scene without charge, the other was released shortly after on a Promise to Appear with a court date set in Castlegar for May 23, 2012. The RCMP are recommending charges of possession of a controlled substance.
The officers who nosed out the cannabis said they were surprised at the potency of the smell, especially when they found the marihuana packaged in sealed containers inside a car with the windows up and the doors closed.