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North Okanagan men enter guilty pleas in major drugs case
Two North Okanagan men involved in a major cross-border drug smuggling operation have entered guilty pleas in Saskatchewan.
Brock Ernest Palfrey, 25, of Silver Star, pleaded guilty to seven counts in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Swift Current Wednesday, while Coldstream’s Troy Ernest Swanson, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts.
Palfrey pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of conspiring to traffic in a controlled substance, one count of instructing commission of an offence for a criminal organization, and two counts of failing to comply with conditions.
Swanson entered guilty pleas on counts of unlawfully importing cocaine into Canada and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The pair are slated to be sentenced Nov. 30.
Palfrey and Swanson were arrested in October 2011.
Police in Regina said at the time that 367 kilograms of cocaine was seized as a result of their investigation, which began in 2010, representing the largest seizure ever by the Regina Integrated Drug Unit in the province of Saskatchewan.
Also seized as part of this investigation was $340,000 in Canadian currency as well as three all-terrain vehicles, two pick-up trucks, one mini-van and firearms.