Happy new year, you're under arrest: Kelowna RCMP announce NYE drug bust

Drugs, cash seized in bust

A nearly six-week investigation into a drug trafficking operation working out of a hotel on Highway 33, led to the seizure of drugs and cash.

Kelowna RCMP say they began investigating the ring, working out of a room at the Okanagan Seasons Resort Nov. 21. According to police, the suspect would, at times, sell drugs to customers who drove up to his room, like a drive-thru service.

Numerous officers, including a police services dog, raided the room on New Year's Eve.

There, they seized 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine, two ounces of fentanyl, 1.5 ounces of crack cocaine and $4,100 in cash.

A loaded handgun was also seized.

“The amount of fentanyl seized during this investigation equates to over 500 lethal doses,” said Sgt. Desmond Kiehlbauch.

“Our officers have prevented a significant quantity of dangerous and highly-addictive drugs from getting to our streets.”

A 45-year-old man was arrested without incident. His name was not released.

Recommended charges include:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Weapon
  • Possession of a Restricted Weapon with Ammunition

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