Two men have been charged after a routine traffic stop unearthed a substantial amount of drugs with a street value of about $35,000.

In the early morning of Oct. 22, two West Division constables stopped a vehicle speeding through the Westmount Mall parking lot and conducted a vehicle search after finding drugs on the person of one of the men.

“This is a fantastic catch and this will hopefully save someone’s life on the street,” said Acting Staff Sgt. Alex Hasham.

Hasham credits the find to the good police work of the two constables.

Along with the extensive amount of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, oxycontin and marijuana, a loaded handgun was also seized from the vehicle.

Police have been investigating the possibility of gang involvement but were unable to comment on the subject.

Both men were previously known to police.

Michael Christopher Carey, 33, is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking; possession of a controlled substance; careless storage of a firearm; unauthorized possession of a firearm; knowingly being in possession of an unauthorized firearm; unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle; possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order; and possession of a loaded prohibited firearm.

Michael Evan Parent, 37, is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.