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Penticton RCMP seize PCP in string of drug busts

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A drug seizure of PCP in Penticton is believed to be the first of its kind in recent South Okanagan history according to RCMP.

Cpl. Brad Myhre of the RCMP Drug Task Force said officers arrested three people on Thursday in the 300 block of Riverside Drive, one of which had a "somewhat substantial quantity" of what is believed to be PCP or angel dust.

"It is believed that this is the first seizure of this substance in the South Okanagan in recent history. PCP is a highly dangerous hallucinogenic drug and was much more common in the 1970s and 1980s," said Myhre.

One male was released from custody facing anticipated charges of trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking in PCP. The other male and female were found to be in possession of crack cocaine and heroin and also now face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. The trio were all from Kelowna and have prior criminal records.

Two Penticton residents were also arrested in a vehicle but on Government Street for methamphetamine trafficking.

A 44-year-old female, who RCMP said was already on bail for previous methamphetamine trafficking and firearms possession charges, was held in custody facing charges of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marijuana, two charges of breach of a recognizance and obstructing a peace officer. Myhre said the woman was taken to the hospital after being suspected of hiding drugs inside her body.The male suspect was later released with no charges.

Also on Thursday a 18-year-old female was arrested in a vehicle on Wade Avenue and released from custody facing a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking in crack cocaine. She has no prior criminal record.

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