Police search drug house located near elementary school

Four individuals are facing potential drug trafficking and possession charges after police executed a search warrant earlier this month.

Plainclothes and uniformed members of the Kelowna RCMP executed a search warrant on a Mission-area home May 11, after a three-week investigation into the activities of a prolific offender.

During the course of this investigation, which culminated in the search warrant, police seized 11 litres of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate), one pound of marijuana, various quantities of ecstasy, methamphetamine, heroin, hash oil, steroids and psilocybin, as well as prescription pills.

In addition to the drugs, police also seized a significant amount of cash and recovered a variety of stolen property from within the house.

A two-year-old child was located inside the home and police immediately engaged the appropriate ministry.

Of further concern to police is the location of the house as it was found to back onto a local elementary school.

"The sale of drugs brings social and economic harm to our communities by increasing criminal activity in residential areas," said Const. Kris Clark in a press release.

"Considering that this home was right next to a school with access to so many young children, the potential for harm was incalculable."

Desiree Kovacs, 24, of Kelowna, has since been charged with a number of drug and weapons offences, remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court June 6. A 27-year-old Nanaimo woman, a 29-year-old Kelowna man and a 31-year-old West Kelowna man all face possible charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

All three have been released for court at a later date.



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