A .357 and $20,000 in cash siezed

After a two month investigation, North Okanagan RCMP executed a search warrant at 1610 33rd Street in Vernon early Thursday afternoon. Two Vernon males, ages 34 and 18 years, were taken into custody on numerous drug and weapon offences.

Following a search of the residence, police seized a 357 revolver, over $20,000 in cash, and more than nine ounces of cocaine as well as smaller amounts of various other substances, including heroin and methamphetamine.

Neighbours say there had been suspicious activity going on at the home for the past few months. What appeared to be security surveillance equipment outside the home, as well as constant vehicle traffic to and from the residence, was a sign that something just wasn’t right.

Although some described the home’s occupants as unfriendly and said it was clear they didn’t really belong in the small family-oriented neighbourhood, others say they mostly kept to themselves and didn’t really cause a lot of trouble.     

The 34-year-old suspect, who was known to police, remains in custody pending a future court appearance on drug and weapons offences. The other has been released and will appear in court at a future date for drug related offences.

Sgt Dave Evans of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP says he is very pleased with the results of the investigation.

"The persons involved were responsible for a significant amount of drug trafficking in our community”.

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