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Uniform Gang Enforcement team seizes $40,000 cash and weapons in Kamloops

Several weapons were seized by Combined Forces Special Enforcement members over a four day seizure in Kamloops.
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February 04, 2019 - 1:11 PM

KAMLOOPS — After two fatal shootings that left two men dead outside of hotels around the city of Kamloops, members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit were recently deployed to Kamloops to disrupt and suppress any further violence.

Over four days, 78 vehicles were stopped and 132 people were checked with the majority of these people connected to the street level drug trade, according to a media release issued by the provincial agency today, Feb. 4. Members from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit were in the tournament capital after two violent homicides believed to be the work of organized crime took place on Jan. 23 outside of two hotels.

During their time in the city, Uniformed Gang Enforcement team members seized several weapons including four sets of brass knuckles, two spring-loaded knives, three machetes, eight axes, one butterfly knife, a lock picking kit, a can of pepper spray and multiple firearms.

“While many of these items may be every day tools for the general public, for individuals involved in criminal activity they can represent dangerous weapons used to intimidate or assault others, or to protect illegal commodities and proceeds of crime,” spokesperson Sgt. Brenda Winpenny says in the release.

There was also approximately $40,000 cash seized believed to be directly tied to the drug trade and drug-related activities.

Small quantities of suspected cocaine, crystal meth and fentanyl were seized as well, the release says.

“Taking these potential weapons off the street and out of the hands of those involved in the drug trade was vital to the [Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team] violence suppression efforts while in Kamloops,” she says.

The Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team is based out of the Lower Mainland and deploys members around the province to provide short term support to police agencies. 

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