Kamloops Mounties are asking for help in finding a man whose safety may be in jeopardy due to his connections with the criminal element in Kamloops.
Forty-two-year-old Justin Robert Joseph Ferrier is white, stands 6-foot-4, weighs 187 pounds and has black hair and blue eyes.
He also has numerous tattoos on his arms, torso, back and calf. Three of those tattoos are of masks on his right forearm.
Ferrier was last seen on Thursday, Feb. 14, on the North Shore, riding a a black cruiser-style bicycle equipped with a custom gasoline engine.
The bicycle look similar to the photo shown in this article.
"Given his personal associations, lifestyle and other investigative information, the serious crimes unit is engaged in this case and treating it as high risk,” said Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay.
Pillay told KTW Ferrier is a longtime Kamloops resident who has friends involved in high-risk activities.
Pillay said he could not comment on specifics when asked if Ferrier is involved in criminal activity that has led to a number of violent incidents in Kamloops in the past few weeks, including the shooting deaths of two men in January, a kidnapping and robbery on Wednesday and the shooting of a man and woman on Friday.
“What I can say is that, given what has been happening and given the people he is associated with, that’s one of the major factors that has us concerned," Pillay said.
Anybody with information on Ferrier’s whereabouts is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
The last time police issued an appeal for help in finding a person with connections to the criminal underworld was last October, when an initial release on a missing man, Troy Gold, was followed by police saying they believe he had been murdered.
That was followed by news that human remains had been found in the Lac du Bois area. There has been no update on the Gold case, nor any arrests made, although police have said there are suspects who are known to Mounties.
Investigators believe Gold’s murder was connected to organized crime. Gold was a convicted killer who had also served a prison sentence for robbery.
“This case is connected to the local drug trade and these cases are always more challenging to advance,” Pillay said in November. “Organized crime is a top priority for Kamloops detachment because of the violence that accompanies drug trafficking and the general criminal lifestyle.”