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SIx men arrested, drugs, gun, cash seized in Castlegar raid

Police officers with the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit arrested six individuals during the execution of a search warrant, obtained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a local home on Wednesday.

On June 24, the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence situated in the 3100-block of Columbia Avenue in Castlegar BC. The search warrant was authorized by the courts as part of an active investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the Castlegar area.

Six men were taking into police custody without incident during execution of the warrant, states Sgt. Monty Taylor, Castlegar RCMP Detachment Commander. The search of the property resulted in the seizure of substances believed to be cocaine, fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine, along with approx. $850 in cash.

Police also seized a firearm and ammunition which were allegedly unlawfully possessed, as well as other related evidence to suggest the occupants were involved in drug trafficking.

A 56-year-old man and a 42-year-old man, both residents of Castlegar, face potential drug related charges.

A 46-year-old Castlegar man faces potential drug and firearm related charges, along with criminal charges for allegedly breaching prior court imposed conditions.

All three males have been released from police custody on strict bail conditions to appear in Castlegar Courts on October 21, 2020.

The three other men were later released from police custody, unconditionally without charge. The investigation continues at this time.

Castlegar RCMP will forward its full investigative findings to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for charge assessment.