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South Okanagan couple ordered to stand trial on drug, weapons charges

In November 2018, Penticton RCMP seized drugs and weapons from what they called a quiet home. Police say the search warrant was executed after a two-week drug-trafficking investigation.
In November 2018, Penticton RCMP seized drugs and weapons from what they called a quiet home. Police say the search warrant was executed after a two-week drug-trafficking investigation. Penticton RCMP

A South Okanagan couple has been ordered to stand trial on weapon and drug charges following a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

The two were arrested after police executed a search warrant a year ago on a Penticton home that was under surveillance for allegedly being involved in the local drug trade.

Along with illicit drugs, a number of guns were also seized.

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The small arsenal of weapons included two revolvers, a fully-loaded semi-automatic assault rifle, a 9mm handgun, a .38-calibre handgun, a homemade-style shotgun and a crossbow.

Crystal Olson, 41, and Andrew Hardenstine, 39, have pleaded not guilty and have been ordered to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

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Hardenstine has been the subject of police investigations in the past.

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