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Oliver RCMP bust two impaired drivers, seize drugs, cash

RCMP nabbed two suspected drunk drivers finding illegal drugs both times
Various drugs, and Canadian currency seized by Oliver RCMP | Photo RCMP

Oliver RCMP busted two impaired drivers in a three-week span finding drugs in vehicles both times. 

On May 14 an officer was called to a truck in a ditch on Road 2 at Highway 97. 

The driver was seen leaving the area and was tracked down by the officer. A search of the vehicle found suspected cocaine and methamphetamine along with more than $8,000 in Canadian currency.

A 41-year-old man from Osoyoos faces charges of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

On June 3, officers were called to a collision at Sawmill Road and Maple Avenue. A parked delivery van was rear-ended by another vehicle. 

One driver was later arrested. Officers searched the diver and and found suspected methamphetamine, fentanyl, and cocaine. Canadian currency was also seized.

A 49-year-old man from Oliver faces charges of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, and impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

“Both these files involve significant quantities of illicit drugs being seized with a street value in excess of $10,000 in each instance,” said Cpl. Chad Jackson, Oliver RCMP.  

BC RCMP spokesperson, Cpl. James Grandy, said the incidents highlight the serious problems of impaired driving and drug trafficking in communities.

"The investigations carried out by the front line officers involved underscore the dedication all our officers have to community safety and well-being."

RCMP encourages the public to report individuals trafficking drugs in the South Okanagan by calling their local detachment or Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Gary Barnes

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