WEST KELOWNA – A man charged in connection to a large drug bust in West Kelowna is a former drug dealer who has served prison time.
In March, RCMP raided the West Kelowna premises of Kandy and Krome Kustoms, an automobile restoration shop.
Police also swooped in on the home of the business owner, Leslie John McCulloch.
Between the two locations, RCMP say they seized about eight kilograms of suspected fentanyl, hundreds of fake Oxycontin and Percocet pills, two industrial pill presses and $40,000.
McCulloch and his girlfriend, Rebekka Rae White, were later charged with drug offenses.
They’re accused of importing fentanyl from China to make the counterfeit prescription pills.
When arrested, McCulloch was on parole for a four year, six month prison sentence for a drug conviction.
He had been a middle man for the Hells Angels, transporting cocaine for the notorious biker group.
Four months before the raid at his business, police secretly watched as a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels visited the premises.
According to Parole Board of Canada documents, McCulloch blames the alleged, illegal drug activity at Kandy and Krome Kustoms on two people he had sub-rented part of the premises to.
The parole board states: “You said you knew they were manufacturing something but you believed it to be legal. You said on the day of your arrest, one of these individuals dropped a garbage bag off at the shop and that you took it inside. You later learned the bag contained $30,000.”
However, the board found: “Your version of events, in which you claim to know nothing about drug related activities in a shop you were leasing, is not credible given your history.”
The board also calls the drugs found at McCulloch’s former residence an extremely high risk situation.
Taking the circumstances into account, the board ruled McCulloch’s risk to the community is unacceptably high and his parole was revoked.
He’s back behind bars awaiting trial on his latest drug charges.