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Crime Reduction Unit disrupts local drug trafficking ring

From January to March 4, 2020, Crime Reduction Units of the Trail and Greater District and Castlegar RCMP joined forces to conduct a lengthy investigation into a local drug trafficking ring in Trail. The three-month, intensive investigation known as Operation E-PREPPY (E- for E Division, preppy being randomly generated) resulted the execution of search warrants on four residences in the Trail area. RCMP officers seized approximately one kg of suspected methamphetamine, 300 grams of suspected cocaine, 81 suspected oxycodone pills, and over $15,000 by the end of the operation.

On December 29, 2021, John Allan Schubert of Warfield, entered a guilty plea to Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance (Oxycodone) for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. John Schubert served a 129-day jail sentence.

The Trail and Castlegar Crime Reduction Units did an amazing job on this project. They far exceeded everyone’s expectation and put much time, effort, energy and expertise into make our community a safer place to live, says Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of Trail and Greater District RCMP detachment. We had hoped for a better result in court but ultimately were happy with the conviction of Mr. Schubert and the amount of drugs taken off our streets.

Trail RCMP plan to continue their enforcement against drug trafficking with a much better picture about how to target the issue and people involved.