Newborn baby found near drugs during police bust

Penticton RCMP officers found a baby but no parent during a series of searches which resulted in 11 people being arrested for drug possession and related activities.

PENTICTON - Police found a 5 month old baby near drugs and drug paraphernalia during a raid on a Toronto Avenue home.

The infant was found during one of several searches made by the RCMP on Thursday. Eleven arrests were made for alleged drug and drug-related offences.

The Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force executed two drug search warrants - one on the 700 block of Toronto Avenue and one at a motel on Lakeshore Drive. Occupants of three vehicles were stopped and detained as well.

The mother of the baby was not present during the arrests Cpl. Brad Myhre explained. The Ministry of Children and Families has been notified.

Myhre said of the 11 arrests, six people were later released with no charges.

Five remain in custody facing a variety of charges including, possession of crack and powder cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of prohibited weapons, marijuana possession, cocaine possession, obstructing a police officer and various court order breaches.

One suspect was found to have numerous warrants for his arrest in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario all under various different names.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @InfoNewsPentict.

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