June 23, 2016 - 12:00 PM
KELOWNA - A Cadillac Escalade confiscated by police during a raid on two properties in West Kelowna four months ago will be returned to the man accused of producing thousands of fentanyl-laced pills for distribution into the community.
Leslie John McCulloch is charged with production of controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking after he and co-accused Rebekkah Rae White were arrested following a West Kelowna warehouse raid on March 2.
McCulloch, who was on parole when he and White were arrested, appeared via video before Judge Brad Chapman in Kelowna Provincial Court today, June 23. Federal crown took no position on the application and it was granted by Judge Brad Chapman.
Inside the Auburn Way warehouse, local RCMP found an estimated 500 'fake' Percocet and OxyContin pills, 195 grams of suspected fentanyl, two industrial pill presses capable of making 2,500 pills per hour and a chemical mixer.
Eight kilograms of suspected fentanyl powder was also recovered from a shop vacuum.
A second location was also raided simultaneously, and police found more pills, gold bars believed to be stolen, and the luxury SUV. All were seized as proceeds of crime.
McCulloch and White will be back in court later this summer.
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