Fentanyl pill production project a success

Lake Country, West Kelowna, Kelowna

2016-03-04 13:06 PST

File # 2015-46286

RCMP are recommending criminal charges against four suspects after raiding two West Kelowna properties Wednesday.

On December 12, 2015 the RCMP were advised by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) of the interception of a package being imported from overseas which contained a piece of pharmaceutical equipment. The package was destined for a location in West Kelowna addressed to a man known to police.

Through inventive investigational tactics the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Unit, who partnered with the West Kelowna RCMP, and other RCMP Specialized Sections continued their investigation which expanded to involve a second location.

On March 2nd, 2016 the RCMP executed a search warrant at a commercial property in the 2600 block of Auburn Crescent with the assistance of the RCMP’s Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR), the West Kelowna Fire Department and the BC Ambulance Service.

The search warrant on Auburn Crescent yielded the following seizures:
A second search warrant was also executed at a rural property in the 700 block of Petterson Road in West Kelowna:

Items seized including cash, scales & pills / Suspected pill laced with Fentanyl / Industrial pill press;

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The following items were seized as proceeds of crime:

Police estimate that this operation has potentially produced hundreds of thousands of pills, likely distributed locally and possibly beyond, said Sgt. Alex Lynch NCO/ic of the Kelowna RCMP SEU.

After the nearly 3 month long investigation, four individuals are facing potential charges, a 37-year-old man & a 26-year-old woman both of West Kelowna, as well as a 29-year-old Kelowna man and a 25-year-old Calgary man. The list of charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, and importation of a controlled substance.

The execution of these search warrants by the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Team and West Kelowna RCMP will have a serious impact in the counterfeit production and distribution of Fentanyl laced pills, says Sgt. Alex Lynch. The RCMP are committed to continue to target these illegal Clandestine Labs which pose significant risks to their communities, adds Lynch.

The Kelowna RCMP SEU have also been successful in shutting down other similar illegal drug operations throughout the Kelowna Region over the past few months:

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Cst. Jesse O'Donaghey

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