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Posted: April 13, 2015

Dangerous drugs seized in weekend bust

An arrest on April 10 resulted in the seizure of potentially dangerous drugs.

The Cranbrook/Kimberley Crime Reduction Unit arrested a 36-year-old Coquitlam man in relation to an ongoing drug investigation.

The subject was found to be in the possession of a significant amount of cash, cocaine and fentanyl pills. Subsequent to the arrest, investigators obtained and executed a search warrant for a local hotel room where the subject had been residing.

As a result of the search warrant a large quantity of drugs and cash was seized including 3.1 ounces of powder cocaine, three ounces of crack cocaine and several hundred OxyContin pills laced with Fentanyl.

The subject appeared before a Judicial Justice of the Peace on April 11, where he was released on several court ordered conditions including to not be in the City of Cranbrook.

“This was a significant drug seizure that removed a substantial amount of illicit drugs from the streets of Cranbrook,” S/Sgt.Dave Dubnyk stated.

Cpl. Chris Newel, Kimberley RCMP detachment commander added, “The Crime Reduction Team has been successful in a number of investigations and although the arrests have primarily taken place in Cranbrook, those involved in the drug trade often have connections in neighbouring communities. An arrest like this could have an impact on illegal activities in Kimberley.”

Cocaine is typically sold in half or one gram quantities; this seizure of cocaine could potentially be over 300 doses. A significant amount for any community.

“OxyContin or “Oxy-80” pills have surfaced within Cranbrook in the recent months and have been responsible for numerous instances of drug violence and medical emergencies due to overdoses,” Dubnyk added. “These pills are believed to be laced with the opiod analgesic known as ‘Fentanyl,’ which is a powerful pain killer and extremely dangerous if misused. It can be lethal even in small doses, police reported.

Police would like to advise the public that such pills as the ‘Oxy-80s’ are a dangerous, lethal drug and encourage persons to report anyone who is known to be trafficking in such drugs or other controlled substances to your local police or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Cranbrook RCMP

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