Multiple Search Warrants Yield Large Quantities of Suspected Fentanyl and Other Drugs

Over the past three months Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Targeted Policing members have been investigating a group of drug traffickers believed to be responsible for supplying a significant quantity of fentanyl and other drugs to Vernon and area. As a result of the investigation, police have arrested several people and executed three residential search warrants.

On three different dates police arrested a total of five persons suspected of being involved in "dial a dope" drug trafficking group in Vernon, BC. These arrests led to the seizure of numerous street level packages of suspected fentanyl and cocaine, along with Canadian currency and other drug trafficking paraphernalia.

On December 14, 2018, Police previously reported the arrest of two Vernon men and the execution of a residential search warrant that resulted in the seizure of a large quantity drugs, restricted weapons, Canadian currency and other items relating to drug trafficking.

On January 25, 2019, a 65-year old man and 54-year old woman were arrested and a search warrant executed at their Kalamalka Road residence, resulting in the seizure of a significant quantity of what is believed to be cocaine, body armour and other items related to drug trafficking.

In addition to those arrests, on January 25, a 37-year old woman was arrested and a search warrant was executed on her Pinantan Lake residence. The search resulted in the seizure of drugs suspected to be cocaine, methamphetamine, large quantities of suspected fentanyl, Canadian currency and other items related to drug trafficking.

This was a very successful investigation targeting a group from the street level dial a dope dealer to the person we believe responsible for bringing drugs into the Vernon area, states RCMP Targeted Policing Sgt David EVANS. Fentanyl and the impact it has on the community remains a top priority for the Detachment.

All persons have been released from police custody as the investigation continues. At the conclusion of the investigation RCMP will submit a report the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for consideration of appropriate charges.