Man who claimed he was beaten by Kelowna cop faces own legal entanglement

One of the men who claims he was assaulted by a notorious Kelowna cop is dealing with his own legal woes.

Manjeet Singh Bhatti, who will be the Crown's main witness in an assault trial for Const. Geoff Mantler, turned himself into police late Wednesday morning,  just over a week after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Bhatti faces three charges of trafficking in a controlled substance, and is among 21 suspects police rounded up in an drug sting that focused on cocaine dealers in the downtown core.

Const. Steve Holmes pointed out that Bhatti was not singled out for his actions,  just part of a  street level drug operation  conducted in late September.

That sting resulted in undercover officers making 40 cocaine and one heroin buys from 13 men and eight women.

Two of the buys were from two 17 year olds, who were the youngest of the group.

"The oldest dealer was 44 years of age," said  Holmes.

"One of the dealers is from Vernon and the rest are local."

Several of the dealers were arrested on sight, and warrants were obtained for the rest of the individuals charged.

A courtdate will be scheduled for Bhatti, but in the meantime he'll likely be seen in June when he faces off against Const. Mantler.

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