Alleged drug deal in front of cop by Oliver man

An Oliver man is accused of making a drug deal in broad daylight in Kelowna, while being observed by an officer.

What police suspect to be heroin seized from an Oliver man after an alleged broad daylight drug deal witnessed by officers in Kelowna.

What police suspect to be heroin seized from an Oliver man after an alleged broad daylight drug deal witnessed by officers in Kelowna.

An Oliver man is facing potential drug charges following an alleged drug deal witnessed by officers in broad daylight, police said.

A 21-year-old Oliver man faces potential charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. He has been released from justody and is expected to appear in court in October 2016.

On July 6 around 12:45 p.m. a Kelowna Downtown Enforcment Unit (DEU) officer observed what police are calling an “apparent drug transaction” in the 500 block of Gaston Avenue.

The officer stopped the suspected vehicle and in the process of arresting the suspect, the man suddenly became uncooperative. While handcuffed by only one arm through the driver’s side window, police said they believe the man destroyed evidence inside the vehicle with his free hand, though police did not say how.

Additional officers were called to the scene and assisting in taking the man into custody. A second man was arrested at the scene, who police believe to be the potential buyer, but was later released without charges.

Police service dog Eli located 40 bags of what police believe at this point to be heroin along with 27 bags of suspected crack cocaine. The alleged drugs were packaged individually indicating they were intended for street-level sales. The alleged drugs were found concealed below the steering column of the vehicle.