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'Man purse' filled with cocaine results in arrest of 37-year-old

A "man purse" filled with cocaine resulted in Abbotsford Police, with assistance from Port Mann Highway Patrol, arresting a 37-year-old Coquitlam man on Tuesday night.

Const. Ian MacDonald said a Honda Accord in west Abbotsford caught the attention of plain-clothes officers with the Abbotsford Police's drug enforcement unit, and they began following the vehicle as it entered Highway 1 and headed west.

The Abbotsford officers then notified RCMP to assist with pulling over the vehicle. Port Mann Highway Patrol responded, and officers from both jurisdictions stopped the car on Highway 1 near 152 Street in Surrey at about 5:45 p.m.

As the driver exited the vehicle, the satchel that was on his lap fell to the ground. It contained almost a pound and a half of cocaine, MacDonald said.

The man was arrested and is expected to appear in Abbotsford provincial court today (Wednesday) to face charges of possession for the the purposes of trafficking. His name has not yet been released.

MacDonald said police are continuing to investigate the man's background and any criminal connections he might have.

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