Penticton RCMP help nab three in drug, gun and explosives bust

Three prolific offenders are facing a combined total of 17 charges which RCMP are related to a multi-province crime spree.

Three people are facing a combined total of 17 charges in a bust RCMP said is linked to the rash of property crimes in the Okanagan with the coordination if RCMP in Penticton.

On Feb. 25 RCMP in Edson, Alta., with the assistance of Penticton RCMP, attended a residence in the hamlet of Peers, Alta. and arrested three individuals wanted on outstanding warrants for charges in B.C.

Bree-Anne Buhler, 21, of Kelowna, William Gaddy, 25, of Osoyoos and Waylon Faulhafer, 22, of Scotch Creek are each facing multiple charge and RCMP said the three have been linked to a crime spree “involving break and enters and thefts that spanned across numerous communities in both British Columbia and west-central Alberta since January.”

A search warrant was executed on the Peers residence linked to the three in question found what police are calling “significant” amounts of stolen property including multiple firearms, explosives, vehicles, motorcycles, electronics, identity document and a large amount of methamphetamine.

The three are jointly charged on multiple counts including possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of an explosive, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm while knowingly unauthorized to do so and possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.

The three are also facing individual charges with Buhler facing seven counts of failing to comply with a probation order; Gaddy is facing three counts of failing to comply with a probation order and Faulhafer has one count of possession of a firearm contrary to a court order.

In January 2016 Penticton RCMP initiated an investigation into the activities of several prolific offenders operating in the South Okanagan and other jurisdictions on the Yellowhead corridor between Kamloops and Edson, Alta.

The Penticton RCMP targeted enforcement unit worked with other B.C. detachments as well as Alberta detachments during the investigation.

Additional charges are anticipated according to the RCMP.