Wolf hunting: RCMP bust upstart gang in Kamloops

By James Peters / Chad Harris
June 2, 2016 - 12:21pm Updated: June 3, 2016 - 2:51pm

KAMLOOPS —  RCMP displayed guns and drugs this morning seized in a months-long investigation they say disrupted and dismantled an upstart criminal organization.

Police say the takedown of the Wolfpack gang has resulted in the arrests of eight men and two women, with drug and gun charges forthcoming.

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For the media today, RCMP displayed quantities of cocaine, heroin, meth, marijuana, and fentanyl collected in recent raids both in Kamloops and Surrey.

Inspector Sunny Parmar says with that drug activity comes violence, and investigators seized a variety of weapons as well.

"Two .45 calibre handgun with silencers; these firearms are intended for criminal activity, and it appears they were produced with no associated markings or identifiers. With the addition of the silencer there is no legitimate use for that firearm. (We also seized) a .25 calibre semi-automatic handgun, a .22 long gun, TEC-9 assault rifle with a silencer, a sawed-off shotgun, a crossbow and various amounts of ammunition," said Parmar. 

Superintendent Brad Mueller says this investigation proves Kamloops is not a viable location for criminal gangs to establish a base of operations.

"The City of Kamloops is not the place to do business for organized criminal activity. It will not be tolerated, you can not hide in Kamloops, and expect to operate without scrutiny," said Mueller, adding "Kamloops RCMP will target those individuals, and groups that participate in the illegal drug trade and conduct illegal activities."

Mueller adds the Targeted Enforcement Unit has been working on this investigation for months.

"This particular cell came to our attention in December of 2015. Since then, Kamloops RCMP have been working diligently, gathering intelligence and engaging in both overt and covert enforcement actions as part of an ongoing investigation."

Police continue to pursue the wolfpack gang