Creston RCMP conduct high risk Search Warrant execution

Creston, Emergency Response Team

2023-12-21 13:14 PST

File # 2023-3404

RCMP crest with title: Creston RCMP Media Release

On December 20th at approximately 11:00 am, the Creston RCMP and Southeast District Containment Team initiated an operational plan that saw multiple Search Warrants executed in the Creston area.

Of note and visible to the public, was the execution of a Search Warrant granted under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for offences related to possession of drugs and drug trafficking. As officers served the Search Warrant at a location near the HWY 3 and HWY 3A junction, a suspect barricaded himself inside the residence subject to the Search Warrant. A 50-year-old Creston man, who is known to Police and has a history of violence and weapons offences, refused to exit or surrender to officers. The Southeast District Emergency Response Team was deployed to assist with efforts to bring the man into custody. After a standoff lasting nearly 6 hours, the man surrendered himself and was brought into custody unharmed.

The equipment, technology, and skillsets that come with the Emergency Response Team, greatly aid in ensuring the public’s safety, the safety of our officers, and the safety of the alleged offender. This was a situation where patience, the use of de-escalation techniques and intervention equipment, succeeded in bringing the matter to a conclusion without harm being caused to any person, stated S/Sgt Brandon Buliziuk, Creston RCMP Commander.

Simultaneous to the noted Search Warrant execution, was a traffic stop also related to the trafficking of controlled drugs and substances. Two Creston women aged 47 and 30, were arrested with the vehicle in question seized and subject to an additional Search Warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Quantities of varying illicit drugs including opioids, as well as weapons were seized during the execution of the Search Warrants. The investigations remain ongoing and all information will be forwarded to prosecution services for the assessment of and laying of charges at the discretion of the Crown.

We recognize that there are many vulnerable people in our society that are targeted by drug traffickers, specifically with opioids. It is a priority for us to target those opioid traffickers through our enforcement initiatives and to limit the availability of illicit street level drugs in our communities. Our Detachment will continue to focus our efforts on known offenders repetitiously committing crimes within the community. This is an expectation that has been made clear to us by the people we serve in the Creston Valley, says S/Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk.

It takes the entirety of community to address these issues within our society. If you have any information related to drug trafficking or other criminal activity believed to be taking place, please contact the Creston RCMP at (250) 428-9313 or in person at the Creston Detachment.

We thank the public for your continued support.

For media inquiries contact:
Staff Sergeant Brandon Buliziuk
Detachment Commander
Creston RCMP-GRC
421 16th Avenue S, Creston, BC V0B 1G0
Office: 250-428-9313

Released by:

Cst. Brett Urano
Media Relations Officer
Creston RCMP
421 16th Avenue S, Creston, BC V0B 1G0
Cell: 250-402-3746


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