New illegal drug intercepted from China, bound for West Kelowna

Cpl. Joe Duncan says 12.7 kg of a new drug was bound for West Kelowna from China.

KELOWNA – Three men face drug charges after local police intercepted almost 13 kilograms of a rare drug bound for West Kelowna from overseas.

Members of the Kelowna Drug Section received information that a package was bound for the Okanagan from China.

Lab analysis confirmed the substance as ethylone, street name of MDEA or “Eve,” Cpl. Joe Duncan says in a media release. He says it is used recreationally and its effect on users is similar to ecstacy.

MDEA is a Schedule One narcotic in Canada, and as a result, of the bust three men from the Lower Mainland were arrested. Two 19-year-olds and one 20-year-old will appear in court on drug trafficking charges June 29.

"This incident is part of an ongoing investigation," Duncan says. "Police believe there may be more potential suspects."

"If you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood, do not investigate. Contact your local police."

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