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Penticton man in custody after drug bust

Police seized weapons, stolen property and an estimated $35,000 worth of drugs last night.
March 09, 2019 - 9:10 AM

PENTICTON — Police executed a drug warrant at a Penticton residence last night, bringing in heavy weapons, stolen property, $35,000 worth of drugs, and the arrest of one local man.

The two-week long investigation into drug trafficking came to a close last night, March 7, as Penticton's Targeted Enforcement Unit found a drug operation in a local residence, a media release says.

Officers found what they call a "large scale, medium level" drug operation where they found over half a pound of cocaine, six ounces of methamphetamine, two ounces of fentanyl and mixing agents. Police say these were being prepared for street-level sale and distribution.

Investigators estimate the street value of the drugs to be around $35,000. 

Police also found a loaded .38 calibre handgun, a sawed-off shot gun, a .22 calibre rifle, a large amount of ammunition, a bullet proof vest, a cross bow, two industrial sized cash counters, cash, and four cell phones.

They also found a Harley Davidson motor cycle determined to have been stolen out of Kelowna in February.

The suspect, James Cousineau, 39, from Penticton, is facing a number of drug and weapons charges. 

"Any time you can get drugs and guns out of the hands of criminals is a great day. The bonus for us was the amount of drugs. The arrest and amount seized will surely have an impact on the drug supply and distribution in Penticton and the South Okanagan," Cpl. Scott VanEvery says in the release.

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