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RCMP bust drive-thru drug trafficking operation at Kelowna hotel

Drugs, cash and a handgun seized during an RCMP raid at a Kelowna hotel on Dec. 31, 2021.
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Kelowna RCMP officers shut down an illicit drug drive-thru operation at a hotel in the Rutland neighbourhood on New Year's Eve.

The Kelowna RCMP began an investigation into a drug trafficking operation occurring at a hotel in the 1500-block of Highway 33 in Kelowna back on Nov. 21, 2021, according to an RCMP press release.

Throughout the investigation, officers learned a suspect was trafficking drugs out of his hotel room. The suspect was operating a drive-thru of sorts where in some instances, customers would drive up to the room, remain in their vehicle, and the suspect would sell them drugs through their car window, RCMP said.

Police officers were able to obtain a warrant for the hotel room and executed a search, Dec. 31. They seized 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine, two ounces of fentanyl, 1.5 ounces of crack cocaine and $4,100 in cash. Officers also seized a loaded handgun during the search.

“The amount of fentanyl seized during this investigation equates to over 500 lethal doses,” said Sgt. Desmond Kiehlbauch of the Kelowna RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Section, in the press release. “Our officers have prevented a significant quantity of dangerous and highly-addictive drugs from getting to our streets.”

The suspect, a 45-year-old man, was arrested on scene without incident.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking, unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon and possession of a restricted weapon with ammunition are being recommended to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

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