Suspected fentanyl dealer arrested in North Shore raid

By James Peters
May 20, 2016 - 9:17am Updated: May 20, 2016 - 12:16pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops RCMP say a raid on a notorious North Shore residence earlier this month led them to arrest a suspected fentanyl dealer.

RCMP began looking into the home in the 900-block of 13th Street after its occupant was tied to a shooting on April 24.

In that instance, shots were fired at a home at 1699 Parkcrest Avenue.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says on May 5, officers raided the 13th Street home, arresting a 41 year old man.

"A search incidental to arrest found that he had drugs on him including meth, crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and pills that we suspect to be fentanyl," said Shelkie.

Once inside the home, police found stolen property, and evidence linking the man to a storage locker elsewhere in the city.

"Inside of the storage locker, we found a substantial amount of cocaine, heroin, steroids and some white powder that we believe to be either heroin or fentanyl."

Investigators are still waiting on laboratory analysis to determine the composition of the white powder.

Shelkie says the suspect is believed to have ties to organized crime.

He is facing a total of five charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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