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Dismantled drug operation

RCMP have recommended more than 50 charges against a group of drug traffickers operating in Prince George.

RCMP have recommended more than 50 charges against a group of drug traffickers operating in Prince George.

Those charged include Prince George residents Richard Prince, 30, male; Jody Webster, 34, female; Bridget Anderson, 43, female; Donovan Smith, 20, male; Albert Funk, 41, male; Marlene Patrick, 35, female; and Sylvia Patrick, 33, female.

Over the last six months the Prince George RCMP Drug Section has led a successful undercover investigation with trained undercover drug investigators infiltrating the group. Undercover officers made about 17 purchases totaling about one and a half pounds of cocaine, an assault rifle, two prohibited 30-round over-capacity banana magazines, one five-round magazine, and 32 rounds of 7.62 ammunition.

On Saturday the operation culminated in multiple arrests and simultaneous search warrants at two residences, one in the 2300 block of Inlander Street and one in the 200 block of Cherry Avenue.

More than 10 oz of cocaine, more than $25,000 cash, a money counting machine, scales, bags, several wrappers for kilogram bricks of drugs and three vehicles alleged to have been used to facilitate the drug deals including a luxury SUV and car were seized. The combined street value of the cocaine is estimated at about $125,000.

The final phase of this operation involved more than 25 members of the local RCMP drug section, Crime Reduction team, and general duty officers, as well as member of the North Dristrict drug section, Criminal Intelligence section, Major Crimes section, and dog section.