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Five charged after dial-a-dope operation busted

Several local men are facing drug charges after police broke up a dial-a-dope operation. After a six-month investigation, Delta police, with assistance from the Richmond RCMP drug section, executed a search warrant in Richmond earlier this month.

Several local men are facing drug charges after police broke up a dial-a-dope operation.

After a six-month investigation, Delta police, with assistance from the Richmond RCMP drug section, executed a search warrant in Richmond earlier this month. Evidence seized led investigators to arrest and charge four Ladner residents as well as a Richmond man.

Arrested were: Richard Joly, 21, Michael Galley, 37, Richard Jenkins, 27, and Nickolas Drew, 19, all of Ladner, as well as Christian (Chris) Cameron, 37, of Richmond.

All are facing charges of trafficking in a controlled substance and Cameron is facing an additional charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Four have been released on bail with numerous court-ordered conditions, while the fifth remains in custody pending his next court appearance.

"This is a good day for Delta," said Delta police Insp. Lorne Pike. "This investigation resulted in the suppression of a significant drug operation in the South Delta area that had a direct impact in the community.

"Delta police drug members removed a significant amount of drugs from being distributed on our streets and have brought those supplying and trafficking in controlled substances in this case before the courts."

. In an unrelated bust, a Canadian man is facing drug charges after border guards found 33 kilograms of marijuana in his truck at the Point Roberts crossing over the weekend.

Canadian Border Services officers stopped the 54-year-old B.C. resident after he was seen driving erratically in the lanes leading up to the inspection booths and attempting to turn around.

The officers came across the marijuana stuffed into 11 garbage bags.

Delta police were called in to assist at around 11: 15 a.m. on Saturday, said department spokesperson Const. Ciaran Feenan.

Officers arrested the man and later released him on a promise to appear in court.

He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Surrey in February.

jkerr@delta-optimist.com