A blow to organized crime
Howard Alexander - News Editor
A former member of the organized crime gang the Kingpin Crew and his common-law partner have been arrested. Some of the drugs, illegal weapons, ammunition and cash seized by RCMP are pictured.
Image Credit: RCMP/Handout
May 23, 2014 - 11:02 AM
KELOWNA – With a former member of the Kingpin Crew and his girlfriend behind bars the RCMP claim it has disrupted organized criminal activity in the Southern Interior and Lower Mainland.
Investigators from the Kelowna RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime unit arrested Quentin James, 37, on December 11, 2013 when he tried to mail three ounces of cocaine to an address in Alberta.
A search of James’ home, two storage lockers and two safety deposit boxes turned up a treasure trove of drugs including cocaine, marijuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, ecstasy and psilocybin.
Police also seized a bulletproof vest, brass knuckles, defensive batons, ammunition and $100,000 in cash.
The arrest and seizures kicked off an investigation into James and the Kingpin Crew’s drug trafficking operations.
James has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.
His common-law partner Anita Moessner, 31, has been arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
"Any disruption of activities associated to organized crime has a positive impact in our communities," Sgt. Laurie White with the Organized Crime unit said in a media release. “We encourage the general public to assist in keeping our communities safe by reporting any illicit activity."
Both James and Moessner will be back in court on Monday, May 26.
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