Kids found in vehicle with alleged Penticton cocaine dealer

Police say the pre-schoolers' mom was also in the vehicle when they made arrests in a city parking lot

Two pre-schoolers were found in a vehicle with an alleged cocaine dealer who was arrested this week by Penticton RCMP.

The kids’ mother, an acquaintance of the 33-year-old male accused, was also in the vehicle when police moved in for the bust in a parking lot on the 2200 block of Main Street.

Following a bail hearing, the man, who is charged with trafficking cocaine, was released from custody, according to a press release from the Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force.

The squad made at least two other busts this week.

The first grab saw officers apprehend two males in a vehicle that was also in a parking lot on the 2200 block of Main Street. Mounties allegedly found cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills in the vehicle.

A 31-year-old Penticton man and a 22-year-old Kelowna man are facing several related charges as a result, and have since been released from custody while awaiting trial.

Shortly after the first two busts, police arrested a 24-year-old Penticton man who tried to flee from them on a stolen bicycle. When Mounties caught up to him, the man was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and concealed weapons.

The man, who faces two related charges, has since been released from custody.

Police say all of the accused have lengthy criminal histories.