High Level traffic stop results in seizure of cocaine, Khat

High Level RCMP conducted a search of a vehicle on Feb. 19, 2020, that resulted in the seizure of 1.3 kilograms of cocaine, one ounce of Khat, drug paraphernalia and packaging. supplied

A traffic stop in the town of High Level resulted in charges laid against two people and the seizure of cocaine, Khat and drug paraphernalia.

On Feb. 19, RCMP initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle and after further investigation of the occupants and observations of the vehicle, police arrested the occupants for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

A passenger of the vehicle also provided a false identity to police but Mounties were able to determine his identity and arrested him on an outstanding warrant.

With assistance from Yellowknife RCMP, police obtained a search warrant that resulted in the seizure of 1.3 kilograms of cocaine, one ounce of Khat (a stimulant), drug paraphernalia and packaging.

Police believe the cocaine seized potentially represents 13,000 average doses of cocaine. It is believed the drugs were destined for towns throughout the Northwest Territories including Yellowknife and Hay River.

Ahmed Abdi Maalin, 23, of Brooks is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and obstructing a peace officer.

Abdiraham Mohamud Mohamed, 64, of Yellowknife is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Both men were released on an undertaking with conditions to appear in High Level provincial court on April 6.

High Level is about 740 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.