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Alleged Kamloops gangster facing trafficking charges after 2019 raid

An alleged member of the Throttle Lockers biker gang is facing several drug trafficking charges three years after police raided his Kamloops home and business.

Zale Coty is one of three men named in court documents, with the majority of his seven charges stemming from a Nov. 26, 2019, search warrant.

B.C.'s gang enforcement squad searched his business, Sunshine Gardens, his home and his vehicle, where they seized more than $300,000 in cash and various amounts of drugs.

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The investigation spanned roughly a year-and-a-half when an undercover Kamloops RCMP officer began buying cocaine from an employee at Sunshine Gardens.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit eventually took over the investigation after the undercover Mountie bought more than four pounds of illicit cannabis and more two ounces of cocaine at the garden store.

Coty is facing seven criminal charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

He's named alongside William Shawn Carlisle, born in 1973, and Jacob Andrew Cavanagh, born in 1995.

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Previous court documents named Cavanagh as Coty's associate, who police allege sold drugs for Coty.

He's facing one charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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Carlisle is facing one charge for trafficking, which happened on Oct. 2, 2018, and another for selling illegal cannabis on Jan. 20, 2019.

According to court documents, the three are expected to make their first appearance in court on July 28.

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