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Downtown Kelowna drug sweep nets 20 dealers

July 28th, 2011

Another 20 street level drug dealers were caught in the latest undercover drug operation that netted a total of 40 charges.

There were eight females and 12 males, including the two youth, that are facing charges that include trafficking in a controlled substance, breach of a recognizance, breach of probation, and breach of a conditional sentence order.

All of those charged are known to police and have related criminal histories.

Undercover police operators made a total of 33 drug transactions with 30 of those being purchases of crack cocaine and the other three of marijuana.

Kelowna RCMP drug and downtown enforcement units headed up the project which occurred within the last month. Some have been arrested.

Typically, if the accused are released from custody, a condition that is imposed is to stay out of the “red zone,” which is for the most part, the downtown core of Kelowna.

This is the second operation of this nature this year with the previous one being done in May, 2011.

Police will continue these projects in order to disrupt, dismantle and diminish the illegal drug trade in the Kelowna area and bring to accountability those who benefit and profit from it.

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