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Two arrests in North Shore drug house raid: Kamloops RCMP

August 19, 2021 - 5:10 PM

Kamloops RCMP made two arrests after raiding a house on Yew Street yesterday afternoon.

The Targeted Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant on the North Shore where they made the arrests and seized drugs, cash, paraphernalia and weapons, according to a press release from Kamloops RCMP.

The raid, around 4 p.m. yesterday, Aug. 18, followed a surveillance operation over the course of the day at a suspected drug house where officers watched "dozens of transactions."

“The ongoing enforcement of drug traffickers and offenders in possession of weapons who are entrenched within the drug trade remain a strategic priority, especially those offenders who supply the vulnerable with illicit drugs in our business areas,” Inspector Jeff Pelley, Kamloops RCMP Officer in Charge of Operations, said in the release. “We will continue to take an enforcement and suppression approach to these types of criminal acts to assist in holding these offenders fully responsible through the judicial system.”

On Aug. 13, RCMP also made two other arrests on the North Shore after observing a drug deal while on patrols in the Tranquille Road area, around 3:30 p.m.

They seized two suspected fentanyl, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, cash and weapons as part of the investigation, according to the release.

The two people arrested on Aug. 13 were released as the investigation continues.

“As part of the criminal justice process, in cases like these, we are required to release those arrested and continue our investigation prior to applying for charge approval from the Federal Crown Prosecution Service,” Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay of the Serious Crimes Unit said in the release. “Those investigations can take months to complete while we wait for the return of drug analysis reports and secure other evidence required for consideration.”

It may be months before the accused will appear in court, provided the charges are approved, which is why individuals may arrive back in the community after street level arrests, Pillay said.

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