The Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force arrested four suspected drug dealers in a span of 24 hours.
Cpl. Brad Myhre said on Aug. 30 officers arrested three Penticton residents on Bassett Street for allegedly trafficking in methamphetamine and marijuana, and in a separate incident one man from Greenwood allegedly in possession of a variety drugs.
A 43-year-old Penticton man was arrested as RCMP executed a drug search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Bassett Street.
“A search of his residence turned up a quantity of marijuana and street level drug trafficking paraphernalia plus a rifle that was neither registered and was stored unsafely in proximity to ammunition,” said Myhre.
The male was released from custody to appear in court in November. He is expected to face charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, unsafe storage of a firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm.
Anthony Donavin Werden was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance after the Penticton man was arrested also in the 200 block of Bassett Street for trafficking in methamphetamine. Myhre said officers located a small amount of methamphetamine on the 19-year-old, as well as street level drug trafficking paraphernalia. Werden has since been released on bail.
The third man arrested on Bassett Street is Justin Michael Wilson, who RCMP said was charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. Myhre said officers searched the 28-year-old and turned up a quantity of marijuana and street level drug trafficking paraphernalia on his person and in his proximity. Wilson was held for custody for court the next day where he was released on bail.
On that same day Drug Task Force officers arrested a man found to have a warrant for his arrest from Grand Forks in a vehicle on South Main Street. RCMP said Darcy Peter Colin, a 36-year-old man from Greenwood, was found to be in possession of several grams of crystal methamphetamine and street level drug trafficking paraphernalia. Myhre said officers also located a small amount of morphine and a larger amount of a liquid substance believed to be GHB (date rape drug), although it was yet to be confirmed. Colin was charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of morphine and remanded into custody.