Traffic stop results in dial-a-dope arrest

KELOWNA – A traffic stop of a high-end SUV in Kelowna last Friday resulted in the arrest of a man police believe was operating a dial-a-dope service.

RCMP Const. Kris Clark says Street Enforcement Teams have been investigating a group of individuals selling drugs out of a rental apartment downtown. Last Friday plainclothes officers conducted a traffic stop on a Mercedes ML320 driven by a man known to not have a valid driver’s licence.

During the stop, investigators noticed evidence of drug trafficking and arrested the lone occupant.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a quantity of cash and two unknown pills but further investigation led police to a rental suite on Ellis St. There they found over $16,000 in cash, 35 grams of crack cocaine, 125 grams of marijuana and 30 unknown prescription pills.

“The sale of drugs only benefits criminal organizations and brings harm to our communities by destroying the lives of those who are addicted and increasing related criminal activity in residential areas,” Clark says. “Family and friends are also affected as they become indirect victims of drug abuse.”

Police have recommended several charges against the associated individuals but are still investigating the groups connection to a known organized crime group.

“The Kelowna RCMP and its Street Enforcement Teams will continue to aggressively target drug traffickers and the criminal organizations they support,” Clark says. “If you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood, do not investigate, contact your local police.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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