RCMP seize drugs, guns and cash

Six men and two women were arrested in a drug bust Nov. 25, after search warrants were executed.

Six men and two women were arrested in a drug bust Nov. 25, after search warrants were executed in Lee Creek, Scotch Creek and the Village of Chase.

The drug bust was part of a ongoing project that began in October and resulted in arresting those who represented a large part of the area’s drug trade, says Chase RCMP Sgt. Gary Heebner.

Members of the Chase and Salmon Arm RCMP detachments, South East District General Investigation Section and the Police Dog Service from Kamloops all took part in a joint effort, carrying out the search warrant for illegal drugs Sunday. Heebner says that a significant amount of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, cannabis and the components for manufacturing meth were removed from the residences.

As of Tuesday morning, the drugs were still being processed and a dollar amount or weight had not yet been determined. Also removed from the residences, were five rifles and a sawed-off shotgun, and two pellet guns made to look like handguns,  says Heebner.

All or most of those arrested lived in the residences, and were well- known to local authorities, he says.

The three locations were raided by police between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Heebner says the location on Eva Road in Squliax had been frequented by police in the past.

“There was a drug bust there before that involved the Josh Reese matter with the gun take down,” he says, “and there was also an attempt of murder there last winter.”

The other two locations were the fruit stand at the end of Shuswap Avenue off of the Trans-Canada Highway, as well as in a Scotch Creek mobile home park.

Those arrested were between the ages of 19 and 70, says the Chase officer, with the 19-year-old male being one of the major players.


The investigation remains ongoing and no charges have been laid at this time. However, Heebner believes multiple chargers involving possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking will be made. Those involved are expected to appear in court within the next five weeks.



Just Posted

Salmon Arm students hone acting chops in Haney whodunnit

Local talent brings Mystery of Dutch Charlie to life at RJ Haney Heritage Village

UPDATE: Second collision on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm now clear

Emergency crews respond to motor-vehicle collision near Second Nations Road intersection

CSRD to seek public assent to borrow $1.77 million for park purchase

Formal opposition from 10 per cent of electors required to halt loan

Air ambulance called to Highway 1 crash near Tappen

The collision happened about 3:30 p.m. by James Road

Food trucks feed festivalgoers’ want for unique dining experience

Roots and Blues returns with variety of vendors, continues with recycle and compost program

3 dead, 2 missing in northern B.C: Here’s what we know so far

Lucas Fowler, 23, and his girlfriend, Chynna Deese, were shot and killed on July 14 or 15

Column: A newcomer’s perspective on Salmon Arm

Community organizations give a sense of fellowship

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Pot shop to open doors Saturday in Lake Country

Starbuds will be one of B.C.’s largest private cannabis stores

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Fast-paced South Okanagan fundraiser guaranteed to thrill

Area 27 motorsports club members are offering the ride of a lifetime in support of OSNS

RCMP track down vehicle used in South Okanagan hit and run

Penticton RCMP are asking for any witnesses to a hit and run incident to come forward

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: cloudy, showers, thunderstorm risk expected

Environment Canada is calling for a risk of thunderstorms and showers across the Okanagan today

Most Read