Police believe they have made a significant dent in local drug trafficking with an arrest last week.
The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP task force, with assistance from the South East District emergency response team, executed a search warrant March 20 at a home in the 1600 block of 33rd Street.
“This investigation started in late January this year and led to the execution of a search warrant and arrest of two males on numerous drug and weapon offences,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of a 357-calibre revolver, more than $20,000 in cash, more than nine ounces of powder cocaine, more than two ounces of crack cocaine and more than a half-ounce each of methamphetamine and heroin.
The two men found within the residence at the time the warrant was executed were both taken into custody.
The first, a 34-year-old Vernon resident who, said Molendyk, is well-known to police, has been remanded in custody for a future court appearance on drug and weapon offences.
The second man, 18, from Vernon, was released from custody for future court appearance on drug offences.
“We are very pleased with the results of this investigation,” said Sgt. Dave Evans of the Vernon- North Okanagan RCMP.
“We believe the persons involved were responsible for a significant amount of drug trafficking in our community.”