Saskatchewan Roving Traffic Unit seize handheld conducted energy weapon at traffic stop

October 11, 2019
Maidstone, Saskatchewan

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On Oct. 10, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Saskatchewan RCMP Roving Traffic Unit conducted a traffic stop to check the sobriety of a driver on Highway 16, near Maidstone, SK.

During the course of the traffic stop, officers smelled cannabis in the vehicle and a search under the Cannabis Act was commenced. The driver of the vehicle passed for sobriety through a Standard Field Sobriety Test.

A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a handheld conducted energy weapon belonging to the passenger. There was a legal amount of cannabis in the vehicle and was not seized.

Bethanie Johnson (DOB: 1998-12-02) of North Battleford, SK, has been charged with the following:

  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose Sec.88(2) of the Criminal Code;
  • Carry a concealed weapon Sec. 90(2) of the Criminal Code; and
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon Sec. 91(3) of the Criminal Code.

Johnson was arrested and released with a promise to appear in Provincial Court in Lloydminster on November 26, 2019.

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