Three Okanagan residents are facing various charges following a drug trafficking investigation earlier this year, Kelowna RCMP announced on Thursday.
Kelowna RCMP said its drug section began an investigation in February into “known individuals involved in the sale and distribution of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine throughout Kelowna and West Kelowna.”
In March, multiple search warrants were executed at two residences and one industrial property in West Kelowna. Police say they seized $30,000 in cash, and more than 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine.
According to police, Neil Elliott Collins, 42, Joseph Michael Trozzolo, 51, and Patricia Kathleen Gianakos, 39, are scheduled to appear in Kelowna court on Oct. 29 for drug trafficking.
Collins and Gianakos were charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking; while Trozzolo was charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of interfering or obstructing radio communications.
“The Kelowna RCMP Drug Section continues to focus on those involved in the illicit drug trade in Kelowna,” said RCMP Cpl. Jef Carroll, “and neighbouring cities that have a drug nexus to the city of Kelowna.”