Three people were charged by RCMP with drug trafficking offences following an arrest early Saturday morning at the Wasa Junction.
RCMP said that officers from the Cranbrook/Kimberley Crime Reduction team made the arrest around 2:30 am on Remembrance Day with the help of Police Dog Service and General Duty members. A vehicle was stopped at the Wasa junction of Highway 95A and Highway 93/95 where RCMP said three individuals were arrested and later charged.
"We are continually investigating different tips and different bits of information and often times we're able to put together the pieces of the puzzle and make a successful arrest," said Sgt. Chris Newel with Kimberley RCMP.
RCMP said a search of the vehicle lead to the seizure of approximately 400 grams of drugs. Initial findings from the search have RCMP believing the drugs to be cocaine, crystal meth, fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine. As well, RCMP said they also seized over $1,700 cash, bear spray, and five cell phones.
A bail hearing was held later that day via teleconference, where RCMP charged all three suspects with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.
RCMP said a 47-year-old woman with connections to the lower mainland remains in police custody, having four outstanding warrants for her arrest besides the new drug trafficking charge. A 24-year-old man that also has connections to the lower mainland was also held in custody by RCMP. Lastly, a 26-year-old man from Cranbrook was released on a Recognizance following the bail hearing.
“The success of the team and the seizure is due to an excellent effort and solid police work,” said Staff Sgt. Hector Lee with Cranbrook RCMP.
"We got people from the lower mainland trying to probably break into the drug scene in our area and this is a significant bust and we were able to curtail that," Newel told Summit 107. "Some of the persons arrested had connections to Cranbrook, others to lower mainland and obviously drugs were moving back and forth or certainly into our area which we were able to curtail."
- Bradley Jones / with files from Kimberley and Cranbrook RCMP
Audio: Sgt. Chris Newel, Kimberley RCMP