A Vernon man is facing many charges relating to an investigation that began with a seizure of a large amount of heroin at the Vancouver Airport.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) air cargo officers at Vancouver International Airport intercepted a large quantity of heroin originating from Thailand. CBSA referred the matter to the RCMP’s federal serious and organized crime (FSOC) members whose investigation quickly led them to a Vernon residence.
On Jan. 13, a search warrant was executed at the residence and several items were seized, including four loaded handguns, more than $10,000 in cash, along with various types and amounts of both prescription and non-prescription drugs.
“This matter remains under investigation but the successes so far are the result of efficient collaboration between CBSA, RCMP federal policing, Vernon RCMP and Kelowna RCMP,” said Insp. Brian Gateley of FSOC.
“Public safety is a priority and in this case the rapid coordination of our law enforcement resources was critical in preventing a substantial amount of heroin from reaching the streets of our local communities. Dangerous and illegal firearms have been seized and the flow of harmful drugs in the area has been disrupted.”
Vancouver International Airport district director Sari Hellsten said the interception triggered an investigation which led to significant charges.
“We are proud to work with our partners on this case,” said Hellsten.
Ronald Charles Learning, 31, remains in custody and is facing 17 charges relating to weapons offences, possession of stolen property and breaches.