A Campbell River man boarding a bus in Kamloops bound for Vancouver was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 24, with police seizing a large amount of drugs from his luggage – three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine and two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of heroin with a street value of about a half-million dollars.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk of the RCMP’s Southeast District Traffic Services said the arrest was a result of Mounties acting on a tip.
The 45-year-old Vancouver Island man faces charges. His name has not yet been released.
The largest cocaine bust in Edmonton’s history took place on Aug. 1.
Police in the Alberta capital seized 28 kilograms of cocaine they estimated to have a street value of $2.5 million, which works out to $89,000 a kilogram.
Based on that calculation, the three kilograms of cocaine seized at the Kamloops bus depot on the weekend has a street value of about $267,000.
Recent data from Canadian police forces pegs the street value of heroin at about $100,000 a kilogram, which would mean the heroin seized in Kamloops has a value of about $200,000.