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Battlefords traffic stop leads to trafficking, assualting officer charges

A late-night traffic stop in North Battleford has lead to drug trafficking and assaulting a peace officer charges for a Red Deer man.

On July 15th, shortly after midnight, Battlefords RCMP initiated a traffic stop on 100th Street. During the stop, the passenger, who was allegedly wanted on warrants in Alberta, took off on foot. Officers chased him down, and during a brief scuffle, the RCMP says the suspect was taken down using a taser.

During a search, a knife, bear mace, several pre-packaged baggies of suspected cocaine and several other items of drug paraphernalia were all allegedly found.

The 20-year-old suspect, Denver Deschampes, is in custody awaiting trial, accused of trafficking cocaine, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of stolen property. He last appeared in court on July 16th.

The driver was arrested but released. They are facing several traffic-related charges.

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