Monday, September 22, 2014
Record MDMA bust in Kelowna
The Kelowna Capital News is reporting that the police claim a recent bust of three properties in Kelowna and Westbridge is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, MDMA (methylenedioxy-methylamphetamine) bust ever in British Columbia. The amount of raw materials in this operation could provide up to 200,000 pills, making the 3.5 kilograms of product worth over $1 million.
The processing lab was on Christian Valley Road, just outside Beaverdell on the way to Rock Creek, in a settlement known as Westbridge. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, RCMP executed a search warrant on Christian Valley Road property, finding a number of individuals cooking MDMA in an exothermic reaction lab.
The Kelowna bust followed with police searching a storage locker and a private residence in the Mission on Chute Lake Road. The home is the residence of 32-year-old Ryan Patrick Novy and is said to be the office hub of the operation and a storage locker containing the chemical precursors to MDMA.
Novy is among four people subsequently arrested in the case and is now facing four charges related to the case including possession for the purposes of trafficking and production of a controlled substance. Alesya Efimenko, 29, William Charles Forrest, 24, and Bradley Fraser Garth, 39 are charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking and production of a controlled substance. The case returns to court Jan. 31 and more arrests are expected to follow.
The lab alone was said to have 500 gallons of toxic waste and the Chute Lake property.