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Child taken after drug raid

Kelowna RCMP have shut down a drug house situated behind an elementary school in Kelowna's Mission area.

Police raided the home on Sunday, May 11, following a three-week investigation.

Inside the home police seized what Cst. Kris Clark called a 'significant' amount of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate), commonly known as the date rape drug.

Clark says 11 litres of the drug were found in the home.

"This is the second seizure of relative size that we've had," said Clark.

In early 2012, police seized 23.5 litres of GHB during a raid at a home on Kinnear Avenue.

"This speaks to the fact that GHB, although it's been labeled as the date rape drug, is really being used recreationally at a large rate in Kelowna," said Clark.

"The vast majority is being sold on the street or possibly out of a house."

Police also seized a pound of marijuana along with various quantities of ecstasy, methamphetamine, heroin, hash oil, steroids, psilocybin, prescription pills, a significant amount of cash and a variety of stolen property.

A two-year-old child was also located inside the home. Police engaged the appropriate provincial ministry to care for the child.

Desiree Kovacs, 24, of Kelowna was arrested and charged with a number of drug and weapons offences.

She remains in custody awaiting her next court appearance June 6.

Three other people, a 27-year-old Nanaimo woman, 29-year-old Kelowna man and a 31-year-old West Kelowna man also face charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

All three have been released on a Promise to Appear at a later date.

"Of further concern to police is the location of the house, as it was found to back onto a local elementary school," said Clark.

"Considering that this home was right next to a school with access to so many young children, the potential for harm was incalculable."

Clark didn't disclose the identity of the school, however, witnesses say the house is on Doekson Road which is behind Anne McClymont Elementary School.

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