Saturday, March 5, 2016
Kelowna Fentanyl Drug Bust
Kelowna Cap News is reporting that "Kelowna Mounties are recommending criminal charges against four suspects after raiding two West Kelowna properties Wednesday."
"The RCMP executed a search warrant March 2 at a commercial property in the 2600 block of Auburn Crescent which yielded the following seizures: An estimated 500 “fake” Percocet and OxyContin pills; 195 grams of powder suspected to be Fentanyl; 2 industrial pill presses in which police believe each have the capacity of producing approx. 2500 pills per hour; Chemical mixer, which showed significant signs of use; 8 kg of suspected Fentanyl powder recovered from a shop vacuum believed to be used to clean up after pill production;"
"A second search warrant was also executed at a rural property in the 700 block of Petterson Road in West Kelowna which resulted in the seizure of: An estimated 800 “fake” OxyContin pills suspected to be laced with Fentanyl and Several gold bars, which police suspect may be related to a reported theft." Why does theft always coincide with drug busts?
"Police estimate that this operation has potentially produced hundreds of thousands of pills, likely distributed locally and possibly beyond. After the nearly three month long investigation, four individuals are facing potential charges, a 37-year-old man & a 26-year-old woman both of West Kelowna, as well as a 29-year-old Kelowna man and a 25-year-old Calgary man. The list of charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, and importation of a controlled substance."
"The Kelowna RCMP SEU have also been successful in shutting down other similar illegal drug operations throughout the Kelowna Region over the past few months."