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B.C.'s police gang unit seizes drugs, weapons during stops in Okanagan

During their time in the Okanagan, team members seized, two airsoft guns, nine knives, one baton, one machete, one prong gun and two cans of bear spray, one Kodak WK18OC with magazines (AR-15 style rifle).
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September 29, 2020 - 1:45 PM

B.C.'s Uniform Gang Enforcement Team was in the Okanagan this week to learn about crime hotspots in both Kelowna and Vernon and managed to gather a significant amount of drugs and weaponry in the process.

Over the four days the team was in the Okanagan last week, 65 vehicles were stopped and 193 people were checked, with the majority of those people connected to the street-level drug trade, according to a Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit press release. The unit doesn't say which days the team was in the region.

During their time in the Okanagan, team members seized two airsoft guns, nine knives, one baton, one machete, one prong gun and two cans of bear spray, one Kodak WK18OC (AR-15 style rifle) with magazines.

Also seized were quantities of suspected cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, Percocet and fentanyl.

“One of the core aspects of the overall (Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit) enforcement strategy are the Uniform Gang Enforcement Teams,” Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit media relations officer said in a press release.

“The (Uniform Gang Enforcement Team) represents the overt, tactical and specialized uniform presence of (Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit) which will directly interact with individuals involved in organized criminal activity to help our Agency deliver on our mandate. Providing the (Uniform Gang Enforcement Team) support to Kelowna and Vernon is a positive for the communities and law enforcement.”


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