Vernon woman facing cocaine possession charges

Second arrest of a Vernon woman with cocaine doesn't raise eyebrows for Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP detachment...

A second arrest of another woman caught with cocaine in Vernon doesn’t raise eyebrows in the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP detachment.

An officer from the North Okanagan Traffic Services unit was working Friday at 9 p.m. in the area of 31st Avenue and 29th Street when he pulled over a 2004 Chrysler car for an infraction.

“The male driver was spoken to briefly by our officer who noticed two female passengers, both very well known to the officer,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

One of the passengers was a 31-year-old woman who was found to be in breach of her Red Zone conditions (Vernon’s Red Zone includes several blocks in the downtown core and people can be ordered to stay away from the area due to prior arrests and/or convictions).

“Because of previous infractions, she was not supposed to be in that area of the city,” said Molendyk.

The woman was detained and found to be in possession of crack cocaine.

A total of more than 27 grams of cocaine and $1,000 cash were seized by police.

The second woman, 47, had been caught by this officer on Feb 4 for driving while prohibited and possession of drugs. However, this time she was in the passenger seat and was allowed to go without any charges.

The 31 year old suspect was remanded to appear in Vernon Provincial Court to answer to charges of possession of cocaine and breach of bail conditions. The mail driver does not face any charges.

A week ago, Vernon RCMP reported two other women were arrested in the vicinity of a Vernon apartment building where a large quantity of cocaine was found. One of the suspects in that case was arrested a third time for cocaine possession.

“It is known we have drugs within our community, has been for a number of years, we have a variety of drugs. Cocaine is not new,” said Molendyk. “It’s a priority for this detachment in dealing with the drug issues we have in our community. It’s an ongoing challenge for us to continue to eliminate the people that are selling within our community.”

Molendyk could not place a street value on the cocaine seized in Friday’s bust.