KELOWNA, B.C. – Police issued a public warning Monday to gang members visiting Kelowna this weekend for the Center of Gravity festival: You’re not welcome and you’ll be closely monitored.
Members of BC’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) will join forces with local Mounties to put the heat on gangsters by enforcing a zero tolerance approach to even the most minor of infractions.
“If they so much as jaywalk, we’re going to stop them. If they’re on a boat without enough PFD’s, we’re going to stop them. If they walk around with open liquor, we’re going to stop them,” says Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the CFSEU.
Houghton contends many gangsters attending the festival aren’t looking for just a good time.
“They’re here to conduct their criminal business, let’s not be naive about that.”
Houghton says similar past public warnings from police have changed gangster travel plans.
He hopes they pay heed again.
“We’re here to tell them ‘Kelowna is not the place to do business. Go do your business somewhere else.’”
The CFSEU has similar enforcement plans for the Boonstock music festival in Penticton on the August long weekend.