Seven weeks after the execution of September 9th search warrants at five residences in Fort St. John, and another in Taylor, police confirmed the seizure of drugs which included more than a kilogram of cocaine and another kilogram of marijuana.
They estimated the total value of the confiscated drugs at $300,000, and also confirmed the seizure of four shotguns, two rifles, a semi-automatic rifle, and two vehicles.
There’s also evidence that allege those targeted by the investigation are connected to organized crime, and those who’ve been arrested and charged are alleged to be a part of a prominent local drug trafficking network.
“This is an investigation that really is going to make an impact on the safety of Fort St. John,” Cpl. Jodi Shelki said. “…The people who were arrested have connections to organized crime units out of the Lower Mainland, and it’s a significant amount of drugs that are taken off the streets of Fort St John, as well as the cash that has come with this and other seized items.”
Cpl. Shelki adds, “That’s going to impact the drug organization, both in the Lower Mainland and in Fort St. John.”
Six of those taken into custody were charged, five males ranging 21 – 27 in age, and a 19 year old female.
Police are recommending both drug and weapons-related charges.
All of those charged were living in Fort St. John at the time of their arrests, but three of the men were originally from outside the local area – two from Abbotsford and one from Prince George.
Names will be released if and when the charges are approved, but most were said to be previously known to police.
The next court appearances in the case have been set for December 10th.
Police say in addition to those already accused, drug trafficking charges have also been recommended against 15 more people from the Fort St. John area.