A 62-year-old West Kelowna man has been charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking and another man likely faces the same fate thanks to an investigation stemming back to this spring.
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, members of the Kelowna RCMP Special Enforcement Team and West Kelowna RCMP pulled over a vehicle with some 8.5 ounces of cocaine and an ounce of heroin inside. Peter Collins, 62, and an as yet unnamed 34-year-old man from West Kelowna were both arrested.
The officers were following up on the investigation of Neil Elliott Collins, a 36-year-old man from West Kelowna who was arrested last spring with weapons and drugs.
The younger Collins was apprehended following the search of a condo complex on Upper Sundance Drive in the Shannon Lake neighbourhood as a result of a month-long investigation into drug activities in the area. Taken into custody on Thursday, May 23, his arrest followed a series of arrests via traffic stops the night before in which four other people were arrested.
The search of the condo turned up 7.8 ounces of heroin, 4.5 ounces of crystal meth, 11.6 grams of marijuana, 0.03 grams of crack cocaine, 600 ml of Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid, also known as GHB or the date rape drug, and a syringe police suspected was loaded with heroin. There was also some 25 ml of liquid codeine, a mixed bag of hundreds of prescription pills, a significant amount of cash and a loaded 9 mm Glock 17 handgun.
In addition to the drugs in the condo, police found 21.75 grams of crystal meth, two grams of heroin, 14 morphine pills, 33 grams of methadone and 10 dilaudid tablets in the car of the first suspect arrested. The other pair of traffic stops the same night brought in a large cache of stolen property including electrons, air guns, tools, scopes and clothing.
The younger Collins was charged with multiple counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking and possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition.
The older Collins was pulled over as the vehicle he was in left the Coquihalla Connector. He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.