B.C.’s gang cops were recently deployed to Kelowna, taking aim at the city’s drug trade.
Through the week of March 21, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia’s (CFSEU-BC’s) Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) was in Kelowna. The team worked in tandem with Kelowna Mounties, who briefed them on local crime hot spots and provided up-to-date intelligence.
Over those six days, officers stopped 21 vehicles and checked 27 people, the majority of whom were involved with the street-level drug trade. UGET members seized three airsoft guns, multiple knives, and a baton, as well as quantities of cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, and fentanyl.
While UGET is a Lower Mainland-based unit, members are regularly sent around the province to provide short-term support to local police.
“UGET represents the overt, tactical and specialized uniform presence of CFSEU-BC which will directly interact with individuals involved in organized criminal activity to help our Agency deliver on our mandate. Providing UGET support to Kelowna is a positive for the community and law enforcement.”
In West Kelowna on March 25, the unit arrested a man after executing a search warrant on his house.
Vancouver Sun journalist Kim Bolan later reported that man to be Kyle Gianis, also revealing Gianis was the victim of a targeted gang shooting at a Kelowna gym on March 29.
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