May 16, 2014 - 2:15 PM
KAMLOOPS – Cocaine, marijuana, a crossbow, flat-screen TVs, dozens of guns, ammunition and more are the latest cache grab stored at the Kamloops RCMP detachment.
Insp. Brad Mueller shared the results of a three-month investigation into what RCMP believe are gang-related drug activities and led to seven arrests May 7 and 8. Six were released on a promise to appear in court while one remains in custody.
Jason Robertson, 36, faces eight counts of possession of stolen property including firearms. Police expect to lay more charges in the investigation. Meanwhile, Robertson remains in custody.
“Mr. Robertson was a significant and known target to the Kamloops RCMP and was known to be involved in drug activity (and) stolen property,” Mueller said.
The seizure of the items was due in part to vehicle stops made by the Targeted Enforcement Unit in Kamloops and RCMP from surrounding communities. One vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of two people after officers seized roughly 12 pounds of marijuana and ten ounces of cocaine from the vehicle.
Following the arrests, Mounties executed a search warrant to investigate three properties tied to Robertson. Two of the properties had drug paraphernalia, while the third search turned up 40 firearms, including assault rifles, stolen firearms, prohibited weapons and $50,000 in cash.
Police remain coy about mentioning gang specifics.
The investigation is ongoing.
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