Charges have been laid after an investigation of alleged drug trafficking activities by suspects RCMP say are Red Scorpion associates.
Cpl. Jodie Shelkie said today (Dec. 11, 2017) the charges are a result of multiple operations by the Kamloops Targeted Enforcement Unit between October 2016 and March 2017.
She outlined highlights of enforcement activities:
On Dec. 1, 2016 a vehicle was stopped north of Merritt. A substantial quantity of Canadian currency was seized. Charges have been laid against the driver, Gregory Wilson of Coquitlam and Brandon Chappell of Kamloops for Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.
On Jan. 14, 2017, Kamloops RCMP executed search warrants at the Heavy Metal Gym and the residence of Brandon Chappell. A substantial quantity of Canadian currency, drugs and a firearm were found, say police. Charges were laid against Chappell for Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
On March 30, 2017, Kamloops RCMP executed search warrants at the residences of Chappell and Erwin Dagle of Kamloops. Police say they located a large sum of Canadian currency. A third charge of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime was filed. After the raid on Dagle’s home, police say they located and seized a large sum of Canadian currency, bulk supplies of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil. Five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime were laid.
During the course of the investigation, Kamloops RCMP seized $191,445 in cash, 1.3 kg of cocaine, 56 grams of heroin, 448 grams of fentanyl, 717 grams of methamphetamine, 231 grams of MDMA and one firearm, Shelkie said.
She said additional operations were then executed by the Kamloops Targeted Enforcement Unit. They “included the arrest of street level traffickers and the subsequent execution of a search warrant into a hotel room within Kamloops during which time additional bulk supplies of controlled substances were seized.”
Shelkie said those matters have been forwarded to Crown for charge approval against several other persons.
On the evening of Dec. 7, 2017 Brandon Chappell, 30, and Erwin Dagle, 23, were arrested in Kamloops without incident. An arrest warrant for Gregory Wilson, 29, remains outstanding.
Chappell and Dagle are from Kamloops, Wilson is from the Lower Mainland.
“Kamloops RCMP prioritize the investigation of violent organized crime groups who traffic drugs in our community,” stated S/Sgt. Simon Pillay.
“The investigations are lengthy and complex in nature as the targets are typically sophisticated and dedicate their full time to committing these crimes as secretly as possible.
“This case is an example of the motivated nature of those allegedly involved.”
Gangs and their associates have “a callous disregard” for the safety of others when disputes erupt, and potentially, it can place the public at risk, police said.