$10K drug bust in North Kamloops
More than $10,000 worth of drugs is off the street after a substantial bust at a North Kamloops house yesterday (Aug. 3).
Police also seized thousands of dollars in cash and a large haul of stolen goods from the home on Chestnut Avenue.
At about 3:30 p.m. yesterday, members of the Kamloops RCMP's special project unit entered the home and arrested a man and a woman, both 37 years old and both known to police.
Officers seized two ounces of crack cocaine, half an ounce of heroin and a small amount of marijuana, in addition to stolen items including a generator, firearms and laptop computers.
Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said drugs and stolen property often go hand in hand.
"A lot of times, stolen property and drugs are found [together]," he said.
"It takes cash and currency of property of value to have an exchange [for drugs], and often that's what we see."
Ward said investigators will now examine the property to see if it can be returned to its rightful owners — but, until then, there's no knowing how many victims are involved.
"We'll go through the property and try to discern ownership," he said.
"Once we've done that, we can come away with some kind of logical answer as to how many victims we're dealing with."
Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Chris Bonnerholt, with the detachment's property crime unit, said the investigation took "a few weeks."
The man and woman arrested at the home have been released on promises to appear in court. Police are recommending charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property and possession of the proceeds of crime.
Their names have not been released.