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More arrests at notorious drug house in Kelowna's Glenmore neighbourhood
Kelowna RCMP were back at a "notorious" Glenmore drug house on High Road Tuesday evening where police cordoned off the block last spring to negotiate an arrest, guns drawn.
During the first incident, Darryn Allen Nelson, of Sicamous, was arrested along with an associate from Penticton who was simultaneously pulled over on Springfield Road, methamphetamine inside his vehicle.
Nelson, nicknamed "Too Tall" for his lanky frame, had allegedly beaten an individual on his West Kelowna stoop, having gone to his home to have a discussion. Both he and his 24-year-old associate were described as dangerous prolific offenders with warrants out for the their arrests, although it was noted the younger man did not participate in the beating.
With six months having passed, police were back in the High Road neighbourhood Tuesday evening, pulling over a couple in a suspicious vehicle reported to be parked in the back alley between Smithson Drive and High Road. It was "loaded with drugs and money," once again including methamphetamine.
"The individuals led right back to the Glenmore drug house," said Const. Kris Clark, Kelowna RCMP spokesman, noting the house is in the 1800-block of High Road.
When police found the vehicle, the silver Ford sedan sported truck plates and it was quickly ascertained it the car was uninsured.
"The female passenger was observed with American currency, which police believed to be counterfeit, and was arrested for possession of counterfeit currency," said Clark.
Having seized several $20 and $50 bills with the same serial number, an RCMP target team used this evidence, in conjunction with information from an ongoing counterfeit currency investigation to secure a warrant for the drug house.
The subsequent search turned up a number of items "believed to be associated to the production of counterfeit currency" and a 27-year-old man was arrested.
The woman in the car, 26-year-old Lindsay Purdy, has been charged with making counterfeit money, possession of counterfeit money and uttering counterfeit money (attempting to use it). Jesse McDonald, 27, is charged uttering counterfeit money. The pair may face additional charges.
Along with the money, police found a small quantity of crack cocaine and crystal meth in the car with Purdy.