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Daughter of Kelowna RCMP superintendent faces drug charges

The 22-year-old daughter of Kelowna's top cop was arrested earlier this week for her alleged role in a drug trafficking scheme.

Lisa Hope McKinnon, daughter of RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon, appeared in court Wednesday to face one count of trafficking heroin/cocaine and two counts of possession of heroin/cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. She was released with numerous conditions.

Kelowna RCMP  Insp. Rick Flewelling handled the arrest and said "steps were taken to protect the integrity of the investigation and ensure objectivity" as soon as the connection between the McKinnons became clear.

"We limited communication amongst the investigative team to the plain clothed commander and myself," he said, Thursday night.

"The attachment commander, Supt. McKinnon, was only notified of the investigation once charges were laid and has had no role whatsoever in the file."

There's little else that Flewelling will say about the dial-a-dope scheme that culminated in a Tuesday arrest of McKinnon and a 19 year old woman, but he pointed out that the episode does offer a lesson.

"The big thing in all of this to be mindful of is that no one is immune to the impact of drugs," he said. "Crime doesn't discriminate, whether you're a lawyer, doctor or chief of police or, in this case, Supt. McKinnon.  Although he's a public figure and has a public responsibility, in this case he's a parent."

Supt. McKinnon has yet to make a statement on the arrest of his daughter, and Flewelling said that's unlikely to change. He and his wife have taken some "personal time" to deal with the issue. Lisa McKinnon will be in court again March 29

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