The Kamloops Targeted Enforcement Unit (TEU) made seven arrests and executed three search warrants on May 7 and 8, after a three month investigation.
The investigation was aimed at disrupting and dismantling a drug distribution network operating in Kamloops with ties to gang activity, firearms, and stolen property. Information received through previous investigations led TEU to focus on the recent activities of an individual who is known to police.
To date, six of the individuals that were arrested were released with future court dates pending and one was remanded in custody with a bail hearing taking place today. Several charges have been laid against 36-year-old Kamloops resident Jason Robertson, including eight counts under the Criminal Code for Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Stolen Firearms and Unsafe Storage of Firearms. Police anticipate that a host of additional charges will be laid in relation to the ongoing investigation.
The RCMP says the success of the file was due to an intelligence-led, integrated approach. An example of this integration is when members of the Kamloops TEU, with the assistance of 100 Mile House RCMP members, initiated a vehicle stop as part of this investigation. This vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of 12 pounds of marijuana and approximately 10 oz. of cocaine.
Subsequent to the vehicle stop, three search warrants were executed at three separate residences within the city of Kamloops. Two of the residences searched turned up drugs and trafficking paraphernalia. The third residence search resulted in the seizure of over 40 firearms, including assault rifles, stolen firearms and other prohibited devices. Also seized from this residence was approximately $50,000 in cash.