Cops nab wanted man

A Kelowna man wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant was found at a Langley restaurant by police on Sunday. 

Leslie McCulloch pleaded guilty in 2017 to drug trafficking and production charges, relating to acetylfentanyl that was found in seized powder at a West Kelowna auto restoration company. The business was raided by police in March 2016, and the counterfeit-prescription-drug lab operating inside was shut down. 

Police say they found eight kilograms of a powder they suspected to be fentanyl and 1,300 pills.

McCulloch was released on bail “to get his affairs in order” before sentencing, but he skipped his bail and his whereabouts were unknown. 

Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says a team of local officers deployed to the Lower Mainland in search of McCulloch, who also goes by Alexander Lester Kreed.

At 1:22 p.m. on Sunday, a contingent of covert surveillance RCMP officers from the drug section tracked down and arrested McCulloch inside a restaurant on the 6000 block of 200th Street. 

“McCulloch was arrested without any incident by our team of plainclothes officers,” said O’Donaghey. 

In March, McCulloch was featured on Kelowna's Most Wanted and a cash reward had been offered for information about his whereabouts.

He remains in custody and he is expected to appear in court on Monday.

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