Crystal meth, heroin seized during Cranbrook drug raid

Drug dealers move in and out of East Kootenay communities

Cranbrook RCMP have seized several hundred doses of crystal meth and heroin in a weekend raid in the city, saying that it shows drug dealers have no boundaries.

A search warrant was executed by Cranbrook and Kimberley RCMP on a 9th Avenue property on Sunday, Dec. 15.

RCMP arrested a 33-year-old woman who had recently moved to Cranbrook from Kimberley. She faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and was set to appear in court on Monday, Dec. 16.

“Police have not seen a lot of these drugs in our area and are working hard to curtail it,” said Cpl. Chris Newel. “Meth is highly addictive and, in desperation to obtain these drugs, subjects go on to other crimes, primarily theft. In addition, meth is relatively cheap which results in purchases by younger persons with lesser or no incomes.”

Meanwhile, local RCMP have been busy with other drugs-related arrests in the past month.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, police caught a 50-year-old Marysville man delivering cocaine to a customer in Cranbrook. The man was found with two packages of cocaine, containing one gram each. He was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance. He was released on conditions for a Dec. 16 court appearance.

“Drug dealers will sell to whomever, wherever – they may reside in a certain community but will travel to neighbouring areas in order to sell. In the two cases above there was a clear connection between Cranbrook and Kimberley,” said Cpl. Newel.

Local police also assisted Columbia Valley and Fernie RCMP in cocaine arrests last month.

“It’s important to realize that although an arrest is made in one area that subject likely has connections throughout the Kootenays and often into Alberta or the Okanagan,” said Cpl. Newel.








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