KELOWNA – An alleged former gangster in Kelowna has pleaded guilty to a cocaine drug trafficking charge.
In 2013, the Kelowna RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime unit began investigating drug trafficking activities of the Kingpin Crew, which police said had ties to the Hells Angels.
Police say Quentin Michael James,37, was arrested in December of that year after he attempted to mail three ounces of cocaine to an address in Alberta.
A RCMP news release issued afterwards states: “Search warrants were executed at JAMES’ residence, as well as at two associated storage lockers and two safety deposit boxes. Investigators seized various amounts of drugs, including cocaine, marihuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, ecstasy and psilocybin. Also seized was a bulletproof vest, brass knuckles, defensive batons, assorted rounds of ammunition and approximately $100,000 in cash.”
James was later charged with five drug trafficking offenses, two counts of possessing prohibited weapons and one count of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
James has now pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
His lawyer says the Crown is expected to drop the other charges.
James returns to court in February for sentencing.