The province’s anti-gang enforcement unit announced a major drug bust with multiple arrests after a year long investigation into the drug trade in the province’s north.
In a press conference in Prince George this morning, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says 43 people are facing or have been charged with multiple offenses.
The investigation targeted street and mid-level traffickers in the Peace Region, with RCMP officers in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John supporting the investigation.
Three firearms, a large quantity of illegal drugs, and $70,000 were also seized during the course of the investigation.
Police say 29 people have been arrested, and they’re looking for 14 others.
So far charges have been approved against three individuals, with one conviction already.
On February 19th, 2016, Jamie Christopher St. Denis pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking cocaine, trafficking a firearm, and possession of an illegal firearm. He’s currently serving 7.5 years in jail.
30-year old Christina Marie MacKay of Bay Tree, Alberta has been charged with one count of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of breach of conditions
36-year old Ryan Holden of Dawson Creek is facing numerous firearms and trafficking charges, as well as a charge for illegally possessing body armour.
Solicitor General Mike Morris says the combined work of the anti-gang police unit with others wings of the RCMP sends a message that violence and gangs will not be tolerated in BC.