Quesnel RCMP is entering the arrest phase of an investigation that targeted drug trafficking in the community.
Last year they responded to 12 overdose deaths in the community.
In a news release, Police say between August of 2020 and March of 2021, they seized 2,565 grams of methamphetamine, 303 grams of heroin and fentanyl, 262 grams of cocaine, 750 tablets of ecstasy, $88,715 in cash, and 18 firearms during Police investigations.
In the summer of 2021, Quesnel RCMP entered into a drug investigation Project ENANDU, and over a 6 day period, Police said it resulted in the seizure of 400 grams of methamphetamine, 120 grams of cocaine, 100 grams of heroin and fentanyl, 1 firearm, and $8,000 in cash.
Quesnel RCMP Sargeant Richard Weseen said “Unfortunately we have seen the results of the very toxic supply of drugs on the streets through the increase in overdose deaths in the community. These drug traffickers do not care about the health of the drug user, the potential of death, the danger to the public during their ‘turf wars”, they only care about the money they make by selling drugs for their own personal gain.”
Corporal Matt Issak, the Supervisor for the Crime Reduction Unit, said in the release “Some arrests have already been made and CRU (Crime Reduction Unit) will continue to track down the rest of the offenders and bring them before the courts where they can be held accountable for their actions.”
Project ENANDU utilized the assistance of the Regional Crime Reduction Unit based out of Williams Lake, and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Team out of Prince George, to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion Police said.