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Vernon RCMP raid suspected drug house; two facing charges

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September 07, 2018 - 2:38 PM

VERNON - Two Vernon residents are facing charges after police raided a suspected drug house in the city.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a news release officers were investigating a home located in the 3400 block of 21 Avenue on Sept. 6, as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

Just before 7:30 p.m., Brett says officers saw a man and woman leaving the residence in a vehicle, and they attempted to flee from police by going through a red light at the intersection of Highway 97 and 25 Avenue.

Police contained the vehicle and both people were arrested and taken into custody.

Brett says after the arrest, a search warrant was executed at the home on 21 Avenue, and during the search, police say they seized a large quantity of drugs which they believe to be fentanyl, meth and cocaine. A prohibited weapon, Canadian cash and other drug trafficking paraphernalia was also seized.

The 53-year-old man and 52-year-old woman, both from Vernon, have been released from custody pending a future court date to face charges of possession of fentanyl, meth and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and firearms offences. Brett says the man will also face a charge of dangerous driving.

"This is the third drug trafficking house search warrant in just over five weeks, executed by our unit," Sgt. David Evans of the Targeted Policing Unit says in the news release. "We are committed to continuing to target drug trafficking in the community - especially when it involves the trafficking of fentanyl."

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