Vernon, Kelowna RCMP make arrests in cocaine trafficking investigation

Police believe they’ve put a significant dent in cocaine trafficking in the valley following the arrest of three men...

Police in Vernon and Kelowna believe they’ve put a significant dent in cocaine trafficking in the valley following the arrest of three individuals.

The arrests came following a month-long investigation into an alleged Vernon drug trafficker with connections to dealers in Kelowna.

“Vernon received help from both the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and Kelowna detachment to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

On Friday, officers from Vernon and Kelowna arrested three men, all suspected of cocaine trafficking.

A 23-year-old Vernon man was arrested while operating his motor vehicle on Westside Road.   He was found to be in possession of 4.5 ounces of cocaine. He was taken into custody but released on a promise to appear in court to face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

A 25-year-old Vernon man was arrested while operating a motor vehicle in Kamloops.

Police then executed a search warrant at his Westside Road home and found four ounces of cocaine and related drug trafficking paraphernalia.

A Kelowna man, 27, was arrested at his residence in the 600 block of Oxford Avenue. Police obtained a search warrant and found approximately six ounces of cocaine and approximately $60,000 and related drug trafficking paraphernalia.

He will face charges of trafficking and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

“The subjects arrested in this investigation are believed to be responsible for a large volume of cocaine trafficking in the Okanagan area,” said Molendyk.