Kilos of drugs, weapons seized in trafficking investigation

Kamloops City

2024-03-07 09:50 PST

File # 2023-32980

Evidence bags containing cash, suspected drugs, and ammunition, are displayed on a table along with two handguns and long gun.

View larger image: evidence bags containing cash, suspected drugs, and ammunition, are displayed on a table along with two handguns and long gun.

Two simultaneously executed search warrants saw kilos of suspected drugs and weapons removed from the local trafficking scene during a Kamloops police enforcement project last week.

On Feb. 29, 2024, the Kamloops RCMP Detachment Targeted Enforcement Unit (TEU) made arrests and executed search warrants on a motel room downtown and a residence in Dallas, as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

The enforcement action was substantial and should send a clear message to drug traffickers in Kamloops, said Superintendent Jeff Pelley, Kamloops RCMP Detachment’s Officer in Charge. Our strategic priorities will continue to focus on disrupting organized crime and violence, and implementing initiatives to further intelligence-based policing to target high-risk individuals involved in both drug and firearm-related crimes. It is the hard work of our TEU, frontline officers, and support units, that is to be recognized for this recent seizure, that continues to put pressure on those who put our communities at risk. By addressing the root causes of violence and targeting criminal networks, we aim to help ensure a safer community for everyone.

As a result of the search warrants, two men and two women were arrested. Three firearms, ammunition, a conductive energy device, cash, and paraphernalia indicative of drug trafficking, were seized as well as the following amounts of suspected illegal drugs:

The amount of fentanyl seized is in excess of approximately 10,000 potentially lethal doses.

The drug seizure is significant in relation to the size of Kamloops and is expected to cause a disruption to those involved in the local drug trade, said TEU Sergeant Kevin McIntyre. Those who are entrenched in the criminal lifestyle and may be concerned about potential fallouts that could occur as a result, are encouraged to reach out to the Kamloops RCMP Detachment with any information.

Three of the suspects were released pending the ongoing investigation, which can take months to complete while police submit and wait for the return of drug analysis reports, and secure and process evidence as part of the charge recommendation submission.

One of the men arrested was held in custody on an outstanding warrant.

Anyone with information that may be related to this ongoing investigation is asked to please contact the Kamloops RCMP Detachment at 250-828-3000.

Released by:

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn
Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3193
Fax: 250-828-3034

Email: crystal.evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: kamloops.rcmp.ca

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