First Nation gang caught up in drug sweep

Okanagan Mounties were able to seize a large amount of methamphetamine and heroin in a series of weekend drug busts.

Okanagan Mounties were able to seize a large amount of methamphetamine and heroin in a series of weekend drug busts.

Kelowna RCMP Property/Target teams and General G.I. Section with the assistance of police dog services started  what turned out to be a Friday drug sweep at around 6 p.m., when they came across two men with First Nation gang affiliations in the midst of a drug transaction, said Cpl. Brenda Daly of the Kelowna RCMP.

The two men, who are in a loosely put affiliated criminal organization from the Anahim Lake/Williams Lake area, were taken into

custody after the transaction.

Then, just an hour later at around 7 p.m.,  while conducting surveillance at a Kelowna motel a man was observed conducting drug transactions and that led to a bumper crop of illicit substances and three arrests.

“A search warrant  was executed on the motel room and police seized approximately $13,000.00 dollars of Methamphetamine and Heroin,  $5,550.00 in cash, and stolen property,” said Daly.

“Two charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and two charges of Trafficking have been laid against Mark Banman. Banman has been remanded into custody until his first appearance Oct.22.”

Kelowna RCMP arrested another man on scene, for an outstanding warrant, then located a female in the same area who was there to purchase drugs. She was arrested on outstanding arrest warrant then later released from custody with a future court date.”

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