Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say a man has been arrested in connection with drugs found hidden in a vehicle which police seized and searched after a violent hit-and-run in 2020. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say a man has been arrested in connection with drugs found hidden in a vehicle which police seized and searched after a violent hit-and-run in 2020. (Black Press file photo)

Charges laid in Vernon over drugs found in hidden vehicle compartment

Vehicle was seized in connection with 2020 hit-and-run incident in Vernon

What began as an investigation into a violent hit-and-run more than 18 months ago has resulted in the approval of drug trafficking charges against a Vernon man.

In October of 2020, while conducting a search of the vehicle used in the hit and run officers from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s Targeted Policing Unit discovered a secret compartment containing four kilograms of methamphetamine and four ounces of cocaine.

The ensuing investigation has now led to charges being laid against the registered owner of the vehicle.

Nabil Abdel-Kader, 29, was charged Jan. 11, 2022 by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada with one count of possession of methamphetamines for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

“The charges in this case come after a long investigative process and demonstrates our commitment to targeting drug trafficking both the street level and in this instance, a much higher multi-kilogram level,” said Sgt. David Evans of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s Targeted Policing Unit.

As the matter is now before the courts, no additional information will be released.

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