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Man in possession of 440 marijuana plants charged, says Innisfail RCMP

A man is facing charges after the Innisfail RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit found 440 marijuana plants while searching his vehicle, say police.

On Feb. 3, an officer stopped a male driver for speeding. Police say the officer entered into a drug trafficking investigation “based on numerous indicators” and the driver was arrested.

During the search of the vehicle, 440 marijuana plants were found, which is worth about $440,000, police said Monday. Other drugs and paraphernalia were also found.

The suspect, a 56-year-old Calgary man, is charged with speeding and distribution of budding or flowering plants or more than four cannabis plants, under the Cannabis Act.

His next court appearance is March 7 at Didsbury Provincial Court.

The Integrated Traffic Unit is reminding Albertans that, even though cannabis and cannabis products are legal in Canada, there are provincial, territorial and federal regulations that need to be followed when buying, transporting or consuming marijuana.

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