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Penticton RCMP nab three in meth and heroin busts

Three drug busts in August saw Penticton RCMP drug task force officers taking heroin and crystal methamphetamine off the streets.

Brandon Sawka is facing two charges under the controlled drugs and substances act after officers arrest him on Aug. 7. Sawka was picked up by police in the parking lot of an establishment in the 300 block of Martin Street for allegedly trafficking heroin. According to RCMP the man had no previous record and was found to be in possession of numerous small quantities of heroin and trafficking paraphernalia.

Two days later, RCMP arrested Shena Watson in the alleyway of the 300 block of Main Street for trafficking. The woman also had no previous record and Cpl. Brad Myhre said she was found to be in possession of numerous and varied prescription pills plus heroin and cocaine. Watson was released on bail conditions and faces five charges.

On Aug. 14 RCMP arrested a man with a lengthy criminal record consisting of 32 prior convictions and several arrest warrants in Ontario. The man, who was remanded in custody until Friday, is also on probation from Revelstoke.

RCMP drug task force officers arrested him in a rural area off of Marron Valley Road near Highway 3A. The male was found to have a quantity of crystal methamphetamine in his possession and trafficking paraphernalia.

Myhre said the man was found in close proximity to a pickup truck and snowmobile that had recently been stolen from a car dealership in Penticton. RCMP said the male was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and it is anticipated he will face two further charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of a break-in instrument.

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