May 01, 2013 - 4:58 PM
Kamloops RCMP are recommending charges against two Kamloops men following an investigation into the biggest methamphetamine drug bust in the history of the city.
After a two-month long targeted investigation, a traffic stop on Highway 5 just outside Kamloops brought the investigation to a head.
About one kilogram of methamphetamine and $5,000 in cash was seized from a 63-year-old Kamloops man driving about 50 kilometres outside of Kamloops around 5 p.m. yesterday. The lone occupant of the vehicle was arrested and a warrant was issued to further investigate at his home in Brocklehurst.
The search on Young Avenue resulted in a huge bust by RCMP, with multiple kilograms of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana seized.
"The total estimated street value is in excess of $300,000," said Kamloops RCMP Insp. Jenny Latham. "It is definitely the largest seizure for methamphetamine for Kamloops RCMP."
Police also seized multiple weapons - including a sniper rifle, three long guns, two hand guns, two tasers and a small, close-range 'zip gun' - as well as over $45,000 in cash from the home.
RCMP believe the individual is a "major supplier of illicit substances to Kamloops."
Latham said police do not know him to be related to organized crime, but whether he is directly involved or not, RCMP are saying the quantity is suspicious.
"It would be our belief organized crime is involved," Latham said.
Police are recommending multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and extensive weapons related offences.
The man's arrest is linked to that of a 27-year-old Kamloops man, also arrested last week. The individuals are known to each other, and similar drug charges are being recommended against them.
Latham said meth seizures have been on the rise in Kamloops and that it's likely linked to the recent doubling of residential break and enters in the area.
This bust is substantial in Kamloops.
One kilogram of methamphetamine equates to about 10,000 doses.
"That's a lot of drugs to be taken off the street," Latham said.
RCMP believe the drugs originated in the Lower Mainland, and the investigation is ongoing. Once charges are laid, first appearances are expected about four to six weeks after in court.
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(JESSICA WALLACE /InfoTel Multimedia)
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