A traffic stop Friday morning (Jan. 13, 2017) led to search warrants on a Sahali home and at the Heavy Metal Gym on Briar Avenue.
The situation evolved after RCMP arrested a man during the traffic stop for possession and trafficking of illicit drugs. That led to search warrants for the house and the gym, the latter in particular drawing a lot of attention from the public as police vehicles converged and distraction devices created a lot of noise.
The RCMP Emergency Response Team was used to ensure the safety of the public and the police during the execution of the search warrants, said Cpl. Jody Neuls.
“No shots were fired by police or anyone else during this incident, and no one was injured,” said Neuls.
Three people were questioned and released at the scene, one man was arrested and two others were detained pending police investigation.
Police were still on the scene as of 2 p.m. gathering evidence. “We are in the process of determining how this specific incident and individuals are connected with organized crime groups.”
Neuls said police don’t believe there are any outstanding safety concerns stemming from this incident. “We are encouraging the public to continue to bring forward tips about illicit drug use in our community, as these investigations remain a priority for Kamloops detachment.”