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Police tackle drug problem on the streets; 39 charges to be recommended

December 13, 2013 - 11:47 AM

KAMLOOPS - A three-month undercover investigation on the streets of Kamloops has resulted in a slough of drug charges for everything from marijuana to heroin.

Police are recommending 39 charges against 19 people after 'Project Eplanster' by the Kamloops RCMP Targeted Enforcement Unit.

The majority of the charges — 28 of them — are for cocaine trafficking, however police maintain that crystal meth continues to be a rising problem in the city. Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush said cocaine and meth are on equal terms as drugs of choice in Kamloops.

Seven of the charges stem from meth trafficking, a rise from the two times police busted meth traffickers in a related, similar operation a year and a half ago.

"It's becoming more accessible," said Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush. "It's cheap… it is highly addictive."

Police announced an increase in meth in recent reports to the city and a local Rotary club launched a task force to tackle the problem from multiple angles with a range of community members. Bush said police are reporting the rise after large seizures of meth from other recent search warrants along with smaller amounts on street level users.

The project also lead to three charges of marijuana trafficking and one charge for posession of heroin along with the seizure of cash and cell phones.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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