Two Williams Lake men wanted on alleged drug trafficking charges turn themselves in

Two Williams Lake men wanted in connection with alleged drug trafficking have turned themselves into the RCMP.

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC says two Williams Lake men with warrants on alleged drug trafficking charges have turned themselves in.

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC says two Williams Lake men with warrants on alleged drug trafficking charges have turned themselves in.

Two Williams Lake men wanted in connection with alleged drug trafficking have turned themselves into the RCMP.

They are Preston Norris and Lashway Merritt.

“19-year-old Preston Norris of Williams Lake is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and until yesterday, when he turned himself into the Burnaby RCMP, had a warrant out for his arrest,” said Staff Sgt. Lindsay Houghton, media spokesperson with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in press release Wednesday. “Preston Norris was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court Oct. 18, 2016.”

On  Sept. 21, 2016,  the CFSEU said 22-year old Lashway Merritt of Williams Lake,  charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, was located in Logan Lake and arrested.

The CFSEU-BC was advised by the Williams Lake RCMP that they were aware that Merritt was currently in Logan Lake.

“Efforts to contact Merritt were undertaken and he turned himself in at the Logan Lake RCMP Detachment,” Houghton said.

Merritt was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court on Oct.  4 , 2016.

In July 2015, the CFSEU-BC North District Office began an investigation in street and mid-level drug traffickers which resulted in the arrests of multiple individuals and the seizure of drugs and firearms.

“As a result of the investigation, the CFSEU-BC’s North District office seized cocaine, fentanyl, percocets, an AR15-semi-automatic rifle, as well as crystal methamphetamine, GHB, amphetamine, cash and two additional firearms, from five search warrants and numerous traffic stops,” Houghton said.

In June and mid September, the CFSEU put out press releases listing names of people connected with alleged drug trafficking.

There is still a warrant out for the arrest of 25-year old Arin Charleyboy of Williams Lake who is charged with one count of trafficking a controlled substance.