Castanet reporter is off the hook.

Police issued a statement Monday saying all the concern swirling through the media was for naught.

Castanet reporter Kelly Hayes is off the hook.

Following Hayes’s investigative piece on an alleged Kelowna drug dealer, it appeared as though the longtime reporter may come under the heavy scrutiny of the law, but police issued a statement Monday saying all the concern swirling through the media was for naught.

“After consultation with Crown Counsel, it has been determined that no charges will be recommended against the local media reporter who purchased marijuana as part of an investigative report,” said Const. Kris Clark.

“He now fully understands that he had no legal authority to possess a controlled substance, regardless of his intentions, and that future actions may result in criminal charges.”

Hayes allegedly bought an eighth of pot from a woman living in a City of Kelowna owned home to prove the claims of her downstairs neighbour, who had reached her wit’s end when police and the rental tenancy board failed to act on her concerns.

Police raided the home the day after the report was put on Castanet.

Kelowna Capital News