Vernon and North Okanagan
Vernon men caught in Saskatoon
Oct 29, 2013 / 4:36 pm
Update 4:30 pm. -
RCMP say the two escaped Kelowna residents are still under investigation and may still face charges.
Update Tuesday Oct 29 1 p.m. - Two Vernon men arrested on drug charges in Saskatoon last week have been released on bail.
The men, Jason Fedirchuk, 30 and James Rinsma, 45 were arrested at a hotel in Saskatoon last Thursday.
The pair were in possession of 13-pounds of marijuana divided into 26 packages.
They have been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Fedirchuk is scheduled to appear in court again Nov 5 while Rinsma is slated to make his next appearance Nov 26.
Original Story Monday, Oct 28 12:59 p.m. - Two men from Vernon are in custody in Saskatoon following a drug bust in the Saskatchewan city last Thursday.
The two, age 30 and 45, were arrested following an investigation by RCMP and Saskatoon Police.
They were scheduled to appear in a Saskatoon courtroom Monday.
According to Saskatoon Police Services, an RCMP roving traffic unit informed them of a traffic stop on Highway 7 near Vanscoy, SK, about 25km southwest of Saskatoon on Oct. 24.
Two Kelowna residents were inside the vehicle.
RCMP also discovered 13 pounds of marijuana divided into 26 packages.
One man inside the vehicle had a license to be in possession of medical marijuana and the two were allowed to continue on to Saskatoon.
Saskatoon police say they later witnesses the same two Kelowna residents meet with two men from Vernon at a hotel in Saskatoon.
The Kelowna residents then left the city, the men from Vernon stayed in the hotel room.
Police later arrested the two Vernon men as they left the hotel in possession of the 13 pounds of marijuana divided into 26 packages.
They both face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
No names have yet been released.
We are following up with the RCMP to see if any further charges will be contemplated on the men from Kelowna. We will also ask why police think the deal went down in Saskatoon and not in Vernon or Kelowna, where the men originated from.
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