(Western News file photo)

Penticton undercover operation nets drug arrests near high school

RCMP arrested five people for drug related charges near Penticton high school and library

Penticton RCMP arrested five people for drug related charges during an undercover operation near Penticton Secondary School.

“Last Wednesday and Thursday the drug unit and CSET (Community Safety Enforcement Team) were out doing surveillence and undercover work at Pen High, specifically, and the library grounds,” said Const. James Grandy, adding it was an area hit hard by this type of activity recently.

READ MORE: Penticton RCMP have the busiest detachment in the province

Grandy, who added that the Street Enforcement Unit was also part of the operation, said he believes there will be seven charges laid on the five people arrested related to drug possession and distribution.

“Including one person who was (allegedly) buying drugs and also impaired by liquor as well so they got an IRP for that,” said Grandy.

Grandy later clarified that there were two individuals charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended, which resulted in one vehicle being impounded.

“Our officers are aware of the issues caused by the opioid crisis, addictions issues and the resulting property crimes affecting people and business owners in our community and are striving to target those responsible,” said Grandy.

Supt. Ted De Jager said the priority is to go after higher level drug dealers, however dealing drugs near a high school is just “a bad move.”

“We really we want to start interdicting the flow of drugs into the community and that is what we are working on,” said De Jager.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Successful Canadian Sport School coming to Penticton

A meeting is planned for February about Canadian Sport School - Penticton

Peachfest announces 2020 headliners

Glass Tiger and Honeymoon Suite back featuring large in the list of headliners.

U.S. lawyer charged with allegedly smuggling restricted firearms across Osoyoos border

Shawn Jensen allegedly smuggled AR-15, Ruger .22 over U.S./Canada border, with no licence.

Okanagan among Canada’s most at-risk habitats: WWF report

Report found the Okanagan is inadequately protected despite being a hotspot for at-risk species

Penticton council supports “dire need” for youth rehab centre

Bridge Recovery Services seek support for youth dealing with lack of treatment facilities.

UBCO students raise funds for those affected by Philippine volcano eruption

All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Empty speedboat sinks off Kelowna shore on Okanagan Lake

This is the third report of a boat found in the lake in the past two weeks

COLUMN: Pre-clearance changes at Canadian airports

Some believe these expanded powers may be contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

UPDATE: Revelstoke City Council gives themselves a raise, councillor resigns in protest

The mayor’s pay is set to go from $30,000 to $60,000 over three years

Kelowna General Hospital takes steps to prevent spread of coronavirus

So far, at least six people have died and 275 people have contracted the virus worldwide

Most Read