Millions in drugs taken off the streets

Nearly $2.5 million in drugs were taken off the streets at the culmination of a six month multi-agency investigation.

Two North Okanagan men were arrested as part of the investigation which was initiated by the Regina Integrated Drug Unit back in April.

Brock Ernest Palfrey, 25, a resident of Silver Star, and William Bruce Larson, 50, of Coldstream were both arrested over the weekend in connection with the investigation.

Palfrey and Larsen both face charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to export MDMA (ecstasy) while Palfrey faces four additional counts of breaching an undertaking.

A third B.C. man, Ronald Charles Learning, 28, of Golden also faces charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to export MDMA.

Mounties in Regina launched the investigation in partnership with U.S. Homeland Security and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) centering around the importation of large quantities of drugs into Canada and exported into the United States through unmanned border crossings in rural southern Saskatchewan.

It is alleged that cocaine was destined for B.C. while mass quantities of ecstasy was destined for the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, October 1, RCMP simultaneously raided homes in the 9800 block of Pinnacles Road in Silver Star and on Palfrey Drive West in Coldstream.

Investigators seized more than $3,500 in cash, documents and six unregistered firearms.

A Ford Windstar was also stopped, searched and seized in Salmon Arm, resulting in the arrest of one of the men facing charges in relation to the investigation.

Over the weekend, police also seized 30kg of cocaine and 100,000 tablets of MDMA.

Street value of the drugs is estimated at approximately $2.25 million.

Palfrey and Larsen appeared in court in Regina Monday while Learning made a court appearance in Vernon.

Drug enforcement officers from Vernon, Kelowna, Vancouver, Prince George, Calgary all assisted in the investigation over the weekend. 

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