Saturday April 19, 2014

19 people charged in drug investigation

Police conduct three-month undercover operation

Cpl. Cheryl Bush

A three-month undercover police investigation has resulted in 19 people charged with 39 counts.

They include three charges of trafficking marijuana, 28 charges of trafficking cocaine, seven charges of trafficking meth and one charge of possession of heroin.

Police seized drugs, cash and cellphones as evidence in the street-level operation.

"Although the number of cocaine trafficking charges far outweigh the other substances, police maintain that there is a rise in the use of crystal meth," Cpl. Cheryl Bush said.

"Large seizures of meth from other recent search warrants and vehicle stops, as well as finding small amounts on street-level users, and speaking with local users, investigators believe that crack cocaine and crystal meth are on even terms as a drug of choice."

Bush noted that officers made seven buys of meth during the project. This compares with just two in a similar investigation one and a half years ago.

"It is definitely on the increase from what we have seen in the past," she said.

"It is a fairly inexpensive drug and also you see the high from it lasting longer."

With its highly addictive properties, people can get hooked to the drug after just one use, Bush noted.

Meth primarily comes to Kamloops from out of town, she said.

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