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Kelowna Mounties net massive stash of drugs

Police seized a significant quantity of cash and drugs after a traffic stop resulted in the search of a vehicle and a residence on Friday night.

"The Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Teams have been investigating a group of "dial-a-dope" drug traffickers believed to be operating out of a rental apartment in the downtown core," said Const. Kris Clark.

"Last Friday, plainclothes officers conducted a traffic stop on a Mercedes ML320 as the driver was known to have been recently unlicenced. Investigators observed evidence of drug trafficking and arrested the driver who was alone in the SUV. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a quantity of cash and two unknown pills but further investigation lead police to search a rental suite on Ellis Street."

In all, police seized over $16,000 in cash, 35 grams of crack cocaine, 125 grams of marijuana and 30 unknown prescription pills in the two searches.

"The sale of drugs only benefits Criminal Organizations and brings harm to our communities by destroying the lives of those who are addicted and increasing related criminal activity in residential areas. Family and friends are also affected as they become indirect victims of drug abuse," said Clark.

Police have already recommended several charges against associated individuals but the investigation into the drug trafficking operation and its connection to members of an Organized Crime Group is ongoing. The Kelowna RCMP and its Street Enforcement Teams will continue to aggressively target drug traffickers and the Criminal Organizations they support.

Clark added, if you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood, do not investigate. Contact your local police.

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