Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Targeted Policing Unit wraps up long term drug investigation

Vernon/North Okanagan

2017-11-08 16:42 PST

File # 2017-22448

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP have completed an investigation targeting a drug trafficking group that were supplying the Vernon area with illicit drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin/fentanyl mixed opioid.

The investigation was conducted in various stages over numerous weeks as follows;

On August 26, 2017 Vernon members arrested a 17 year old Lower Mainland male youth believed to be supplying drugs to street level traffickers in Vernon. The male has been charged with possession of cocaine and heroin/fentanyl mixed opioid for the purpose of trafficking.

The youth is on conditions to reside in the Lower Mainland and has future court appearances in Vernon.

On October 27, 2017 Vernon members arrested a 29 year old Vernon female and a 21 year old Lower Mainland male believed to be supplying drugs at the street level in Vernon. Both subjects were released from custody for a future court date and RCMP are recommending both be charged with possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin/fentanyl mixed opioid for the purpose of trafficking.

On November 2, 2017 Vernon members arrested a 24 year old male near his residence on Academy Way, Kelowna believed to be supplying drugs to Vernon for distribution to street level traffickers. Following the arrest members obtained and executed search warrants at two residential locations associated to the arrested male - condo in 800 block of Academy Way Kelowna and a condo in 3500 block Woodsdale Rd, Lake Country.

The search warrants resulted in seizure of multiple ounces of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin/fentanyl mixed opioid packaged for street level distribution along with cash and other items related to drug trafficking.

The male will appear in Court November 3, 2017 to faces proposed charges of possession of three drugs for purpose of trafficking.

photo of drugs seized

The seized drug exhibits have been processed and are confirmed as follows:

This seizure will have a significant impact on the drug supply to the Vernon area and is a good example of enforcement action by the RCMP in targeting those responsible for distributing fentanyl and other illicit drugs in our community, stated Sgt David Evans of the Vernon RCMP Targeted Policing Unit.
 

Released by

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
South East District
1168 Main Street, Penticton B.C. V2A-5E8
Office: 250-770-4754
Cell: 250-863-7433
Fax: 250-492-4851

Email: dan.moskaluk@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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