Vernon RCMP bust a sixth dial-a-dope drug trafficker

RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy

VERNON - Vernon RCMP are cracking down on street level drug traffickers in the community.

Last Thursday, April 21, police wrapped up an investigation into a suspected dial-a-dope drug trafficker and arrested a 20-year-old Vernon man. It is the sixth such arrest since March.

Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says police found heroin packaged for sale, along with Canadian cash and drug paraphernalia. The exact quantity of drugs has not been released by the RCMP.

The 20-year-old’s name has not been released, and police say he has been released from custody with a future court date on charges of possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking and possession of cocaine.

Since March, police have broken up five dial-a-dope operations, and arrested six people. Four individuals are from Vernon, while the two others are from the Lower Mainland.

“It’s something we have identified as an issue that we’re addressing,” Noseworthy says of the busts.

The drug operations are not believed to be connected, she says.

— This story was edited at 8:42 a.m. April 26, 2016 to correct the headline. A previous version of this story stated there were six dial-a-dope operations busted. There were in fact five operations targeted by the RCMP, with a total of six individuals arrested. 

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