Alleged drug dealing ruins Funtastic event for Kelowna man

A Kelowna man is facing trafficking charges after being arrested near the Funtastic festival at the Vernon Army Camp.

Vernon RCMP officers were conducting foot patrols near the Funtastic grounds Sunday night shortly past 10:30 p.m. when a member of the public alerted them to a man and woman smoking marijuana and drinking liquor.

The pair were detained by police under the Liquor Act.

“While speaking to them, one of the officers observed a pill bottle in a mesh pocket of a back pack beside the 24-year-old man from Kelowna,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“The bottle appeared to contain multiple pills of suspected MDMA or ecstasy.”

The suspect was arrested for possession under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

Officers got a closer look at the pill container at the Vernon detachment, and it showed packaging consistent with trafficking.

“It contained 10 small baggies, each containing six pills, and there were loose pills as well,” said Molendyk.

The suspect is facing charges of possession for purpose of trafficking, and he will also face charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose as a canister of bear spray was located in the back pack.

Roger Knox is a Vernon Morning Star Reporter

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