File Number 2011-1342
Three arrested for possession of fish caught unlawfully
In the early morning hours of August 21, 2011, Princeton RCMP conducted a traffic check for a burned out tail light. The occupants were uncooperative and would not provide the police with identification or exit the vehicle. After several minutes of attempting to negotiate, the three male occupants were forced out of the 1992 Dodge D350 and arrested for Obstruction. Upon further investigation, 500 fresh salmon were located in three freezers in the box of the pick-up.
Princeton RCMP contacted officials from the Department of Fisheries who responded from the Lower Mainland to take possession of the fish and conduct a follow up investigation in to the unlawfully possessed salmon.
The 19 year old driver is facing charges of Obstruction under the Criminal Code along with Federal Fishery charges for Possession of Fish Caught Unlawfully. The driver’s 54 year old father and 26 year old step brother were released from custody and face charges for Possession of Fish Caught Unlawfully. All three are to make their first court appearance December 15, 2011 in Princeton.
Sgt Dave Clare