Big drug bust to have ‘profound impact on local drug trade’

Two men Kelowna Mounties are describing as mid level drug dealers are out of commission following an early October bust.

Two men Kelowna Mounties are describing as mid level drug dealers are out of commission following a bust that stripped them of around $650,000 worth of product.

Members of the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Teams arrested the men, ages 30  and 34, at the tail end of a monthlong investigation.

They piqued police interest during a  routine pull-over in August when they were found with a couple bags of drugs with a street value of $254,000. A more significant bust happened Oct. 10 with the execution of search warrants for two residences, one in the 200 block of Mills Road and the other in the 1400 block of Crawford Road.

In a press conference held Thursday morning, Const. Jesse O’Donaghey displayed the quantity of drugs, cash, ammunition, body armour and property seized in that raid.

In total there was 1.515 kilograms of cocaine, 1.038 kilograms of methamphetamine, 64.89 grams of ecstasy (MDMA), 224.2 grams of heroin, 403 grams of hash, over $18,500 cash, approximately 500 rounds of various calibre ammunition, body armour and several vehicles including two newer pick-up trucks, three newer domestic cars, and an All-Terrain Vehicle.

The street value of the drugs alone amounts to $650,000.

“The success of this operation was as a result of a combined effort between the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Units, the Downtown Enforcement Unit   and General Duty Sections,” said Cpl. Jeff Meyers.

“It is believed that the amount of drugs seized as a result of this investigation will have a profound impact on the local drug trade.”

As a result of this investigation a 30 year-old Kelowna man and a 34 year-old Kelowna man were arrested, each face four potential charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.