Alleged drug trafficker nabbed in Penticton has violent past

The 24-year-old picked up Tuesday was banned from Revelstoke where he was convicted for strangling a former girlfriend

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A 24-year-old man with a lengthy, violent criminal record has been tagged with two additional offences to go with another count related to drug trafficking.

Ryan Luscombe was arrested Tuesday in the rural area near Marron Valley Road south of Penticton.

Mounties allege he was found with an unspecified amount of crystal meth and associated trafficking paraphernalia. It’s also alleged he was in possession of a stolen snowmobile and Ford F-250 pickup truck that were taken from a Penticton car dealership.

Luscombe has since been charged with two counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, in addition to possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. A woman with whom he was  found Tuesday was released without charges.

In a press release issued this week, the Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force noted Luscombe had 32 prior convictions and was on probation for an offence in Revelstoke.

According to a story in the Revelstoke Times Review, Luscombe was sentenced Nov. 2, 2011, to six months in jail for two counts of assault, uttering threats and forcible confinement related to attacks on his former girlfriend.

The unidentified woman testified the pair had a stormy relationship that culminated the previous fall when Luscombe strangled her and told her, ‘That’s it, you’re going to die bitch. This is it.”

According to the Times Review, Luscombe received credit for 127 days’ time served, which left him only 53 days to go. He was also sentenced to two years’ probation, a condition of which banned him from Revelstoke.

The time served was for an April 2011 incident in Penticton after which Luscombe was charged with resisting arrest and two breaches of court orders.

Luscombe appeared in Penticton provincial court Friday on the three new charges and was remanded in custody while he obtains legal counsel. He’s due back in court Aug. 22.

According to the Drug Task Force, there are several warrants for Luscombe’s arrest in Ontario.