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Seized marijuana and and various marijuana products are seen at RCMP headquarters in Winnipeg on July 27, 2018.Kelly Malone/The Canadian Press

A routine highway checkstop in Manitoba has resulted in what police say is the largest marijuana drug bust through a traffic stop in Canada in three years.

RCMP say patrol officers stopped a semi-trailer on Sunday on the Trans-Canada Highway in Westhawk, about 150 kilometres east of Winnipeg, near the Ontario boundary.

It was a standard regulatory inspection of the driver’s paperwork. But several discrepancies were found, so the officers checked the load in the back of the truck, Superintendent Scott McMurchy said at a news conference on Friday.

“When the officers opened the trailer, they found 925 pounds [almost 455 kilograms] of vacuum-sealed marijuana, as well as 75 pounds [34 kilograms] of cannabis shatter, oils, edibles and other products,” Supt. McMurchy said.

The expertly sealed and packaged drugs were placed in brown boxes among legitimate food products.

Supt. McMurchy said the truck started its journey in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and was heading to Southern Ontario.

The driver, 46-year-old Claudiu Huber from British Columbia, was arrested and faces trafficking charges.

RCMP said even if cannabis were legal, the shipment would be against the law and dangerous, because there’s no way to tell who grew it or how without further testing.

“Even under the new legislation which comes into effect in October, this [would] still be an illegal load,” Supt. McMurchy said.

Federal legalization of recreational cannabis is expected this fall.

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