A man from Grande Prairie, Alta., has been charged with trafficking and several other offences following a police traffic stop in Hay River, N.W.T.

On Jan. 1 at about 4 a.m. local time, police say they tried to stop a vehicle. A short pursuit followed and police arrested the driver, who had pulled in to a residence in the town.

Police say they 'continued into a drug investigation' following the arrest, which led them to a hotel room in the driver’s name.

With a search warrant, they searched the room and found about 30 grams, or one ounce, of cocaine, as well as what they call a ‘considerable’ amount of Canadian currency.

The RCMP said they then got information saying the accused had brandished a knife in an earlier altercation.

Jason White, 24, of Grande Prairie, Alta., has been charged in relation to the incident. He faces several drug and trafficking charges, flight from police, assault with a weapon and some vehicle violations.

He has been released and will appear in court in Hay River Jan. 30.


  • An earlier version of this story stated marijuana was also found in the suspect's hotel room. Only cocaine was found. CBC regrets the error.
    Jan 03, 2012 9:50 AM CT