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Alleged trafficker has gang ties

A 38-year-old Kelowna man with ties to organized crime and his 23-year-old girlfriend have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking after police executed a search warrant on their home earlier this month.

RCMP says an investigation into the activities of Matthew Schrader culminated in the search of his high-end luxury rental apartment on the 1300 block of Ellis Street on Feb. 9.

The search warrant, executed by the Kelowna RCMP Special Enforcement Team, resulted in the arrest of Schrader and his girlfriend Janay Pratt as well as the seizure of a large quantity of cocaine and heroin.

In all, 33 grams of crack cocaine, 3 grams of heroin, a bottle of suspected methadone, 11 cellular phones and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking was seized.

Cst. Kris Clark says Schrader has well documented links to several different organized crime groups and had been living in the apartment with his girlfriend and a a 15-year-old boy.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development has been notified.

Schrader and Pratt have both been charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.

They have both been released by the Court on strict conditions and are scheduled to appear again on April 15th.

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