Karman Singh Grewal, and Elson Blue Joy charged in Fentanyl and Cocaine bust

By Caley Ramsay

Global News

Two people from British Columbia have been charged following a drug seizure in Grande Prairie earlier this month.

More than one kilogram of cocaine and nearly 150 fentanyl pills were seized from two Grande Prairie homes on Oct. 13.

The seizure came following a month-long investigation by members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams and Grande Prairie RCMP.

The following items, worth more than $150,000, were seized from the homes:

  • 1 kilogram of cocaine
  • 146 fentanyl pills
  • 155 grams of marijuana
  • 175 millilitres of GHB
  • Two body armour vests
  • $56,120 cash proceeds of crime

“The seizure and the disruption of this criminal group will help to reduce the negative community impact created by the local drug trade,” Supt. Don McKenna with the Grande Prairie RCMP said.

“This seizure highlights the importance of a coordinated provincial effort to stem the movement and sale of controlled substances.”

Karman Singh Grewal, 24, of Langley, B.C. has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drugs and possession of proceeds of crime.

Elson Blue Joy, 22, of Kelowna, B.C. has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drugs, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property and possession of body armour.

Watch Below: A member of the RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response Team demonstrates how fentanyl pills are made, during a conference in Edmonton Thursday.

The number of fentanyl-related deaths in Alberta has drastically increased over the past five years. In 2011, there were six deaths in the province connected to the drug; that number spiked to 274 deaths in 2015.

In the first six months of 2016, 153 people in Alberta died from apparent drug overdoses related to fentanyl.

A body has been found in Langley

Langley: RCMP in Langley is investigating Homicide after a body was found on roadside in Langley.

The Integrated Homicide Team has shut down Robertson Crescent between 240 and 244 Streets after a dismembered body was found early Wednesday morning.

Langley RCMP says the road will remain closed until they have completed their investigation of the area. A passing motorist discovered human remains on the side of the road and called the police.

No details are being provided by police at this time.

The Bait is Set and Chilliwack Mounties are Fishing for Thieves

One man was arrested and charges are pending as police finish their investigation into the theft of property from a Bait car parked in the downtown core early Tuesday morning.

On July 7, 2015 at around 3:45 a.m. General Duty officers responded to an alarm set off from a bait car parked in the neighborhood of Corbould Street and Kipp Avenue. Although no one was at the vehicle when officers arrived on scene, a suspicious male was identified in the vicinity by an alert patrolman.

“Police bait cars, including some with bait property like electronic devices, are parked around town in areas identified as high risk for auto crime. Opening any bait car door triggers a surveillance camera and alerts our communications center of a potential thief,” says Cpl. Brock Rayworth of the RCMP Crime Reduction Unit.

Investigators quickly linked the suspicious male with images obtained from the Bait vehicle camera and at approximately 10:30 a.m. the same morning took a 22 year old Chilliwack man into custody. The male was later released pending a future court date.

In a report to be submitted to Crown Counsel later this month police will be recommending charges of Theft Under $5,000 against the 22 year old suspect.

“The reduction and prevention of Auto Crime and keeping our community safe remains a high priority for Chilliwack RCMP. This is one example of how our officers constantly strive to meet that challenge”, said Inspector Davy Lee Officer in Command of Chilliwack Community Policing Office.

“The RCMP Crime Reduction Unit has access to pickup trucks, cars, water craft, off road vehicles, and trailers from one of the largest Bait Car fleets in the Lower Mainland. We blend the Bait Cars into the community, constantly replacing our vehicles, the bait property, and changing their locations”, said Cpl. Brock Rayworth.

“The Bait car program is coordinated by the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team and is an effective tool in combating auto crime in our region. Thieves beware”, says Cpl. Mike Rail “Bait cars are everywhere and you will be caught”.

Here are some helpful tips to avoid being a victim of auto crime.

• Close windows and lock doors and take your possessions with you.
• Avoid parking behind fences or hedges.
• After opening an automatic gate to underground parking, watch for thieves waiting to slip inside. Wait for the gate to close behind you.

For more information about the Bait car program and how to protect yourself from auto crime we invite you to visit the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime website at www.baitcar.com .

As always police remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Motor Coach Safety Review Right Move to Assure Public

Langley, British Columbia—The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) and its motor coach members are looking forward to participating in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s motor coach industry safety review.

“Public confidence in the safe operation of motor coaches is critical to the motor coach industry. We believe this review will enhance public confidence by ensuring that the regulatory requirements are complete, industry knowledge about and compliance with regulations is high, and enforcement is effective,” says Louise Yako, BCTA President & CEO. BCTA represents much of the coach industry in British Columbia.

Based on ICBC data, since 2007, the collision rate for all buses in BC steadily decreased from 23 collisions per 100 licensed buses in 2007 to 18 collisions per 100 licensed buses in 2013. This represents a reduction of approximately 22 percent. During that same time period, the collision rate for public, airport and charter buses – the subject of the Ministry safety review – decreased by an even higher rate of 29 percent.

BCTA offers information to tour companies, school groups, and others who charter motor coaches about identifying safe motor coach companies, understanding the regulations that govern motor coach driver hours of work and how to plan trips to comply with drivers’ regulated hours of work. The information flyers are available on BCTA’s website: http://www.bctrucking.com/services/chartering-motor-coach