Gang sweep nets haul

In the wake of two recent homicides in Kamloops, members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit recently seized large quantities of cash and weapons in a rare operation outside the Lower Mainland.

The CFSEU's uniformed gang enforcement team was deployed to Kamloops "to try and mitigate, disrupt, and suppress any further violence," Sgt. Brenda Winpenny says.

UGET worked with Kamloops RCMP for four days, stopping 78 vehicles and checking 132 people, many believed to be connected to the street-level drug trade.

Numerous weapons were seized from vehicles, including four sets of brass knuckles, two spring-loaded knives, three machetes, eight axes, one butterfly knife, nine fixed-bladed knives, one can of pepper spray, four hatchets, nine folding knives, one magazine for a .22 caliber firearm, one box of .22 caliber ammunition, as well as one empty pistol holster, and one lock-picking kit.

Also seized was approximately $40,000 in cash believed to be tied to the drug trade, as well as small quantities of cocaine, crystal meth, and fentanyl.

“UGET represents the overt, tactical and specialized uniform presence of CFSEU-BC," says Winpenny.

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