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Penticton RCMP seize kilo of cocaine

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk holds the kilogram of cocaine that Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force officers seized after executing a search warrant at a residence on Naish Drive. - RCMP
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk holds the kilogram of cocaine that Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force officers seized after executing a search warrant at a residence on Naish Drive.
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Police have arrested a 42-year-old man in possession of cocaine that is believed to have upwards of $100,000 street value.

Last Thursday the Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on Naish Drive. Acting on information received, plain clothed members searched the residence around 3 p.m. and found the resident, James Wesley Copp at home.

Investigators located a kilogram of cocaine inside the master bedroom ensuite, as well as an additional 37.1 grams of powder cocaine. Copp was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

"This is a sizeable seizure, that when distributed at the street level in gram increments could have seen upwards of $100,000 in illicit funds exchanging hands," said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. "We have essentially interrupted the possibility of at least 1,000 separate buys from taking place."

Police also seized digital scales, score sheets, bear spray, empty baggies and a large quantity of cash from the residence. Copp was also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon relating to the bear spray that was found during the search. The man was held in custody until his court appearance on June 24, where he was released on bail.

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