Arrest leads to significant drug bust

Cranbrook RCMP made an arrest that resulted in the seizure of potentially dangerous drugs, on Friday, April 10.

  • Apr. 13, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Cranbrook RCMP made an arrest that resulted in the seizure of potentially dangerous drugs, on Friday, April 10.

The Cranbrook/Kimberley Crime Reduction Unit arrested a 36-year-old Coquitlam man in relation to an ongoing drug investigation. The subject was found to be in the possession of a significant amount of cash, cocaine and fentanyl pills.

Subsequent to the arrest, investigators obtained and executed a search warrant for a local hotel room where the subject had been residing. As a result of the search warrant, a large quantity of drugs and cash was seized including 3.1 ounces of Powder Cocaine, three ounces of “crack” Cocaine and several hundred OxyContin pills laced with Fentanyl

The subject appeared before a Judicial Justice of the Peace on April 11, where he was released on several court ordered conditions including not to be in the City of Cranbrook.

“This was a significant drug seizure that removed a substantial amount of illicit drugs from the streets of Cranbrook” said Staff Sgt. Dave Dubnyk.

Dubnyk added that OxyContin or “Oxy-80” pills have surfaced within Cranbrook in the recent months and have been responsible for numerous instances of drug violence and medical emergencies due to overdoses.

He said the pills are believed to be laced with the opiod analgesic known as “Fentanyl” which is a powerful pain killer and extremely dangerous if misused. It can be lethal even in small doses.

Police would like to advise the public that such pills as the “Oxy-80s” are a dangerous, lethal drug and encourage persons to report anyone who is known to be trafficking in such drugs or other controlled substances to your local police or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).