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4 charged after lengthy Kelowna drug trafficking investigation

Some of the cash seized in an RCMP drug trafficking investigation is seen in this submitted photo. Four Lower Mainland men have been charged with trafficking cocaine and MDMA in relation to a Kelowna RCMP Federal Policing investigation involving several RCMP departments and U.S. agencies.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / RCMP
April 20, 2021 - 10:51 AM

Four Lower Mainland men have been charged with trafficking cocaine and MDMA in relation to a Kelowna RCMP Federal Policing investigation involving several RCMP departments and U.S. agencies.

In March of 2018, the B.C. RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime investigators executed numerous search warrants throughout the Lower Mainland in connection to a complex, high-level MDMA trafficking and cocaine importation investigation, according to the RCMP in a press release.

Investigators seized 12 kilograms of MDMA and $380,000 in cash, the latter of which was allegedly to be used as a down payment for 18 kilograms of cocaine to be imported into Canada.

More than 200 investigators, several RCMP units and U.S. partner agencies were involved with the investigation.

Lower Mainland residents Martino Calabretti, Daniel Alexander, and Zlatko Gavric face charges of conspiracy to import cocaine. Calabretti and Vincenzo Sansalone also face charges of trafficking in MDMA and MDA (synthetic amphetamine) and Calabretti is facing two additional counts of trafficking MDMA, RCMP said.

All four men are scheduled to appear in court April 20.

Some of the cash seized during an RCMP drug trafficking investigation.
Some of the cash seized during an RCMP drug trafficking investigation.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / RCMP

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