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Another drug bust in North Kamloops

There have been at least three this month, but there is a reason those arrested are soon back on the street.
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Kamloops Mounties have made three drug busts in the Tranquille Road and Yew Street areas so far in the month of August as they crack down on drug trafficking.

But there’s a reason why the people suspected of selling drugs are again seen in the area not long after being arrested.

“As part of the criminal justice process, in cases like these, we are required to release those arrested and continue our investigation prior to applying for charge approval from the federal Crown prosecution service,” Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said in a release.

“Those investigations can take months to complete while we wait for the return of drug analysis reports and secure other evidence required for consideration.”

If charges are approved, it may still be months before the accused appear in court, Pillay said, which is why residents see people back in the community so quickly following a bust and arrests.

On Wednesday (Aug. 18), two people were arrested and drugs and cash were seized from a Yew Street home in North Kamloops as part of the ongoing focus on enforcement in the area.

The detachment’s targeted enforcement unit executed a warrant at the house in the 100-block of the residential street at about 4 p.m. after a day of surveillance on a suspected drug house where police said they have witnessed dozens of transactions.

Const. Crystal Evelyn said officers also found drug-trafficking paraphernalia during their search.

“The ongoing enforcement of drug traffickers and offenders in possession of weapons who are entrenched within the drug trade remain a strategic priority, especially those offenders who supply the vulnerable with illicit drugs in our business areas,” Kamloops RCMP Insp. Jeff Pelley said in a release.

“We will continue to take an enforcement and suppression approach to these types of criminal acts to assist in holding these offenders fully responsible through the judicial system.”

The arrests and seizure comes on the heels of other busts targeting drug dealers on the North Shore.

On Aug. 13, officers conducting patrols in the Tranquille Road area saw what appeared to be a drug deal, leading to police seizing suspected fentanyl, crack cocaine and methamphetamine, along with cash, bear spray, a large knife and drug-trafficking paraphernalia. Two people were arrested in that instance, then released pending the investigation’s completion.

On Aug. 4, Kamloops Mounties were conducting surveillance in response to concerns about drug use and crime in the Yew Street area when officers saw what appeared to be a drug deal. A 30-year-old Kamloops man, well known to police, was arrested. Suspected illegal drugs, packaging and bullets were seized, and the man was released, pending the investigation’s conclusion.