Four arrested after brief police chase

RCMP involved in brief pursuit through Industrial Park and Jimsmith area of Cranbrook on Friday.

  • Jul. 10, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Four people were arrested following the execution of a drug search warrant and brief pursuit in Cranbrook. During the evening of July 9th, 2015, the Cranbrook/Kimberley Crime Reduction Unit initiated a drug trafficking investigation involving a group of individuals, a couple whom recently relocated to Cranbrook.

As a result of this investigation a search warrant was obtained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. During the early morning hours of July 10th, 2015, the search warrant was executed on a room at a Cranbrook hotel where a quantity of drugs were located and seized and two individuals were taken into police custody.

Investigator’s were aware of a 3rd individual involved and were waiting his arrival.  When the 3rd individual arrived he sped off in his vehicle after spotting the police nearby.

Police vehicles followed the suspect  through an industrial area of Cranbrook and after a brief time the vehicle stopped near Jim Smith Lake at which time two more individuals were taken into custody.  Another quantity of cocaine was located and seized at that time.

All four individuals remain in police custody and will be taken before a Judicial Justice of the Peace.

“This is yet another great example of a coordinated effort between the Cranbrook/Kimberley Crime Reduction Unit and the Cranbrook RCMP Detachment,” said S/Sgt. Dubnyk. “Police believe this group of individuals recently relocated to Cranbrook for the sole purpose of trafficking in illicit drugs so this is a clear message they are not welcome in Cranbrook if that is their only reason for being here.”

In custody is a 32 year old male subject from Kelowna, a 30 year old male from Vancouver, a 25 year old male from Cranbrook and a fourth individual whose identity is still undetermined.