Suspect flees drug bust, leaps into river
Sep 12, 2013 / 8:55 pm
On the afternoon of September 11, members of the Cranbrook/Kimberley RCMP drug task force located two males in possession of a large amount of cocaine near Wardner Provincial Park, 35 km east of Cranbrook on highway 3.
The officers took one male into custody, however the second male fled and jumped into the Kootenay River. Additional officers were dispatched and Cranbrook and Kimberley Search and Rescue combed the river with the assistance of an RCMP helicopter and dog team.
35-year-old Calgary resident Jared Strecheniuk was arrested at the scene and appeared in Cranbrook Provincial Court facing a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking. He will appear again on Monday, September 16.
The second male, 40-year-old Jason Baker, remains at large and is considered a missing person. The Cranbrook RCMP is actively looking for him and are seeking a warrant for his arrest.
If anyone knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call their local police.
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