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Prescription Drug Bust Concerns Vernon RCMP

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

The 2nd seizure of prescription drugs in as many weeks is concerning to North Okanagan police.

A traffic stop in Vernon last Monday resulted in the arrest of two men suspected of possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

RCMP PHOTO: Prescription Pills Possibly Destined For Vernon Streets

At approximately 2:30 p.m., on December 12, an officer from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s Targeted Policing Unit stopped a suspicious vehicle in the 3100 block of 24th Avenue in Vernon.

A search of the vehicle yielded a quantity of fentanyl and cocaine packaged for street-level trafficking.

Police also found over 500 prescription pills in bottles inside the vehicle. Police allege the pills in the bottles were not prescribed for either of the two suspects.

This is just the latest drug seizure where prescription pills have been found.

November 30th a warrant for a Vernon address suspected of being a "drug house" also netted prescription pills along with a large quantity of suspected fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Talking about last Monday's arrests and drug seizure, Sgt David Evans of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s Targeted Policing Unit said,

"This is another example of a concerning trend we are seeing with people selling or trading prescribed medication to street level traffickers who are in turn selling them to people without prescriptions".

A 42-year old Vernon man and 19-year old Abbotsford man were released pending the outcome of the investigation which police anticipate will result in charges being forwarded to Crown Counsel for review.


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