CFSEU-BC UNIFORM GANG ENFORCEMENT TEAM SEIZES DRUGS AND WEAPONS IN KELOWNA

Recently, members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia’s (CFSEU-BC’s) Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) were deployed to Kelowna. By conducting active and high visibility enforcement in the communities, including on those individuals or groups that may be posing the greatest risk to public safety due to their involvement in gang or organized crime activity, UGET was able to contribute to overall law enforcement efforts and enhanced public safety. 

While UGET is based in and spends time in Lower Mainland jurisdictions, UGET members also regularly deploy to communities around the province, either proactively or reactively, to provide short term support to police agencies. 

During the week of March 21ST, UGET worked in partnership with the Kelowna RCMP to ensure that the team was briefed on local crime hot spots and received up-to-date intelligence to help direct their enforcement activities while in the area. 

Over the six days that UGET was in the Okanagan, 21 vehicles were stopped and 27 people were checked, with the majority of those people connected to the street-level drug trade. 

During their time in the Okanagan, UGET members seized, three airsoft guns, multiple knives, and a baton. Also seized were quantities of suspected cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, and potentially deadly fentanyl. 

“One of the core aspects of the overall CFSEU-BC enforcement strategy are the Uniform Gang Enforcement Teams (UGET),” says Sergeant Brenda Winpenny, CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer. “UGET represents the overt, tactical and specialized uniform presence of CFSEU-BC which will directly interact with individuals involved in organized criminal activity to help our Agency deliver on our mandate. Providing UGET support to Kelowna is a positive for the community and law enforcement.” 

 

Media Spokesperson: Sgt. Brenda Winpenny 

Desk :(778) 290- 4677 

Cell: (604) 838-6800 

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