Five Kamloops residents are facing drug-related charges following an investigation between Kamloops Mounties and New Westminster Police.
Police have revealed details of the investigation, which took place over five months in 2020, resulting in charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking and firearms offences, that were sworn on Feb. 2, according to online court documents.
In April 2020, Kamloops RCMP’s targeted enforcement unit began following a trail of suspects engaged in dealing small amounts of street level drugs and was able to identify those responsible for bringing large amounts into Kamloops, Sgt. Todd Woon said in a release.
That July, police executed a search warrant at a home in the 600-block of Comox Avenue in North Kamloops, at which cocaine, fentanyl and a loaded, prohibited firearm, were seized, alongside other items.
The investigation continued and police soon identified a suspected drug supplier in New Westminster believed to be responsible for bringing drugs to Kamloops.
Police in Kamloops New Westminster then began focusing on suspected drug traffickers in both cities. In August 2020, a Cherry Creek man was arrested near Kamloops with more than one kilogram of cocaine.
That September, a Kamloops man was arrested as he returned from New Westminster. Two kilograms of cocaine were seized from his vehicle and a further two kilograms of methamphetamine and one kilogram of cocaine were found during a subsequent search of his property in the 1300-block of Kinross Place in Aberdeen. A second property associated to the investigation, inn the 100-block of Holloway Drive in Tobiano, was also searched, where police found smaller quantities of drugs.
“The impact of stopping those drugs from ever hitting the streets of Kamloops is immeasurable,” Woon said. “Interrupting the supply chains into Kamloops helps prevent organized crime from developing a strong presence and increasing violence in the community.”
Later in September 2020, New Westminster officers continued with its investigation into the suspected supplier that was previously identified by Kamloops Mounties and a search warrant was executed at a home in New Westminster, resulting in the seizure of approximately 13 kilograms of cocaine, 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, two handguns and approximately $300,000 in cash.
Five people have now had charges sworn against them in connection to the investigation.
Lawrence Lloyd Pooli, 31, of Kamloops, is charged with one count of possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of ammunition while prohibited.
David Jeffrey Tremblay, 36, of Kamloops, is charged with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a loaded prohibited firearm, possessing a semi-automatic rifle without a licence, storing that prohibited firearm in a careless manner and breach of firearms prohibition.
Rylee Laureen Bains, 24, of Kamloops, is charged with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a loaded prohibited firearm, possessing a semi-automatic rifle without a licence and storing that prohibited firearm in a careless manner.
Jason Ray Sauka, 50, of Cherry Creek, is charged with one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Roberto Silio Lupi, 36, of Kamloops, is charged with two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of meth for the purpose of trafficking.