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Gangster and girlfriend busted in Lake Country

Three large boxes of news clothing sporting the Independent Soldiers logo was seizing during a raid on a house in Lake Country, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.
Image Credit: RCMP handout
February 06, 2015 - 2:55 PM

LAKE COUNTRY – The resurgence of an organized criminal gang in the Okanagan has been delivered a blow following the arrest of a long-time member of the Independent Soldiers and his girlfriend on gun and drug charges.

As a result of an investigation by the RCMP Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which began in early 2014, police arrested Donahugh Fredrick McWhirter, 43, and his girlfriend Brittany Marie Stinn, 25, both from Lake Country, on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

The next day, members of the RCMP gang unit raided a home in the 3000-block of Jolinda Court in Lake Country, according to a media release.

Inside, police found a high-powered, prohibited handgun, a 20-gauge shotgun, an AR-style .22 calibre rifle, assorted ammunition, a crossbow and drug paraphernalia. The cops also found three big boxes of new clothing with the Independent Soldiers logo.

RCMP say the investigation began with a tip about a gang member allegedly recruiting new members for a “planned resurgence of the notorious gang.” The goal of the investigation was to target the suspected drug, violence and weapon-related offences and disrupt plans to revive the gang.

RCMP say these drugs were seized during an investigation into a member of a criminal gang, the Independent Soldiers.
RCMP say these drugs were seized during an investigation into a member of a criminal gang, the Independent Soldiers.
Image Credit: RCMP handout

Police say they made several drug seizures during the investigation including the raid at the house on Jolinda Court:

- 18.6 grams of cocaine,
- 500.6 grams of methamphetamine,
- 501.7 grams of MDMA powder,
- 5595 ecstasy pills,
- 247.2 grams of “Molly” (MDMA)
- Various steroid vials and pills including Gtropin, Arimidex, Anavar, Equipose, Sustanon, Winstrol, Dbol, Dynamite and TNT Testosterone blend.

McWhirter and Stinn are facing trafficking along with drug and weapons charges. They have been released from custody and will be back before the judge on Feb. 26, 2015 at the Kelowna courthouse.

“This investigation highlights the effective collaboration between the Special Enforcement Unit and various policing units throughout British Columbia to quickly identify and disrupt emerging gang-related threats,” gang unit spokesperson Sgt. Lindsey Houghton says in the media release. “Gang members thrive on creating fear and chaos in communities.”

“By targeting the Independent Soldiers at the beginning of a planned resurgence we have been able to disrupt their activities.”

Some of the drugs seized during a year long investigation by the RCMP Combined Special Enforcement Unit into the activities of a member of the Independent Soldiers, an organized criminal organization.
Some of the drugs seized during a year long investigation by the RCMP Combined Special Enforcement Unit into the activities of a member of the Independent Soldiers, an organized criminal organization.
Image Credit: RCMP handout

One of the items seized by the RCMP during a raid on a house in Lake Country during the investigation into a member of the criminal organization the Independent Soldiers.
One of the items seized by the RCMP during a raid on a house in Lake Country during the investigation into a member of the criminal organization the Independent Soldiers.
Image Credit: RCMP handout

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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