An Appledale man is facing cocaine-related charges.

Slocan Valley man busted for cocaine trafficking

Slocan Lake RCMP arrested an Appledale man last week who they call a “key player” in a local drug trafficking operation.

Slocan Lake RCMP arrested an Appledale man last week who they call a “key player” in a local drug trafficking operation.

Police say last Sunday, an officer stopped a vehicle for a driving infraction in Winlaw, and suspected drugs were in the car.

The driver was arrested and a search uncovered several packets of cocaine that had been prepared for street-level distribution.

Subsequent investigation led the officer to obtain a warrant to search a home on Kanigan Road in Appledale.

Early Monday, police found over three ounces of suspected cocaine, and about two ounces of several other substances, including what they believed was ecstasy and ketamine.

Two counts of cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking are being recommended against the man, who was released on a promise to appear in Nakusp court on May 31.

Further charges are expected.

“Based on the evidence in this investigation, we believe we they have been successful in disrupting the local market for illicit drugs by apprehending a key player who is part of a larger Kootenay area drug trafficking operation,” said Const. Shaun Foley.