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Five arrested in Vernon dial-a-dope operation, police say

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January 19, 2018 - 10:10 AM

VERNON - A search warrant executed by Vernon RCMP had led to five arrests in connection to an alleged dial-a-dope operation.

Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release police completed an investigation into drug trafficking on Jan. 17, when a residential search warrant was executed on Southwind Road in Vernon's Bella Vista area. 

Brett says a drug trafficking group was operating a dial-a-dope network, supplying illicit drugs and operating 24 hours per day in the Vernon area.

The investigation and search warrant led to five people from Vernon being arrested. Four men and one woman ranging from 20 years old to 23 years old have now been released from custody pending a future court date.

Brett says the search warrant led to a seizure of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, which were packaged for street-level distribution, along with cash and other items related to drug trafficking. The estimated street value of these drugs is more than $7,000.

"This investigation is a great example of our commitment to investigating persons responsible for trafficking drugs, including fentanyl in our community," Sgt. David Evans of the local RCMP Targeted Policing Unit says in the release.

The accused are facing charges of possession of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking.

If you have any information about illegal drug activity you're asked to call Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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