Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP’s targeted policing unit has completed an investigation into a fentanyl drug trafficking group.
The unit located and arrested a Vernon man, 50, in the 2300 block of 43rd Street on Dec. 12 for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking after police believed the suspect was trafficking drugs from his vehicle.
Through further investigation, officers were led to an address on Browne Road, in Vernon, where a 25-year-old male was arrested in connection to the drug trafficking group.
On Dec. 13, officers executed a search warrant at the Browne Road address where numerous items were seized including a large quantity of what is believed to be fentanyl, two restricted handguns, a large quantity of Canadian currency, body armour and other items related to drug trafficking.
“Our targeted policing unit continues to work against drug trafficking by intercepting and investigating criminals who operate in our city,” said Sgt. David Evans of the targeted policing unit. “Getting a large amount of fentanyl and firearms off the street is important for public safety, which remains our top priority.”
The 50-year-old is facing possible charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and the other man is facing possible charges of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and other firearm-related charges.
Both were released from custody on conditions with a future court date.