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Cycle Logic owner faces new charges

The owner of an alleged chop shop in West Kelowna is back in jail on new charges stemming from a raid on a Peachland home over the weekend.

John Edward Newcome was arrested at the home in the 4200 block of Beach Avenue Saturday evening.

Acting on a tip, police raided the home and found a rare 1949 Mercury pick-up truck that had been reported stolen from A Timeleigh Motorcars over the Easter long weekend in 2012.

Cst. Kris Clark says police also seized three motorcycles with suspicious vehicle identification numbers, number punches (possibly used to re-vin vehicles), 44 grams of cocaine, 75 grams of psilocybin (mushrooms) and other drug paraphernalia.

Newcome was held in custody over the weekend on charges in relation to Possession and Trafficking in stolen property as well as Breach of Recognizance.

Newcome was free on bail at the time of this latest arrest. He still faces 17 charges including possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property, after the RCMP raided Cycle Logic in August 2012.

That trial was scheduled to begin last week, however, Newcome elected to move the case from Provincial Court to Supreme Court.

At the time of the original bust, Kelowna RCMP Insp. Rick Flewelling called it a 'significant' property theft and trafficking operation.

Newcome's home was also raided in August of last year as part of the raid of Cycle Logic.

Kelowna police said at the time the business had ties to Nanaimo and Southland (Calgary) Chapters of the Hells Angels as well as the Throttle Lockers and Kingpin Crew from Kelowna.

Earlier this year, West Kelowna Council elected to revoke Cycle Logic's business licence.

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