Sizeable drug seizure by Kelowna RCMP

Laboratory analysis confirmed the substance as ethylone, also known as MDEA.

  • Apr. 13, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Three men from the southern interior of British Columbia face possible drug charges after a suspicious package was intercepted.

On March 26, members of the Kelowna Drug Section received information regarding a 12.7 kg package destined for West Kelowna from China.

Laboratory analysis confirmed the substance as ethylone, also known as 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-ethylcathinone or by its street name MDEA. Health Canada defines ethylone as a controlled substance under Item 19 (amphetamines, etc.) of Schedule 1 of the Controlled Drug Substances Act (CDSA).

On April 1, two 19-year-old males and one 20 year-old-male were arrested without incident by members of the Kelowna Drug Section. The three males were released for a court date on June 29, 2015 with proposed charges of Importing a scheduled substance and possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

This incident is an ongoing investigation and police believe there may be more potential suspects. If you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood, do not investigate. Contact your local police.

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