Drugs, Guns, Ammo and Crossbow Seized From a Quiet Penticton Residence

Penticton, BC – The Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment’s Targeted Enforcement Unit (TEU) seized quantity of drugs and weapons from a quiet Penticton residence.

On November 22nd, 2018, the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment’s Targeted Enforcement Unit (TEU) concluded a 2-week long investigation into drug trafficking after executing a search warrant last week.

Starting in early November, Officers began their thorough investigation into the suspicious activity, which included surveillance. Using evidence gathered during this time, Officers were granted a search warrant for the residence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

On November 22nd, Officers executed their warrant to search and found a quantity of illicit drugs, which was expected. What wasn’t expected, was a small arsenal of weapons, of which were 2 revolvers, a fully loaded semi-automatic .22 calibre assault rifle, a semi-automatic 9mm, a semi-automatic .38 calibre hand gun, and a homemade style shot gun, crossbow and numerous rounds of ammunition.

Inside the home was 38 year old Andrew HARDENSTINE and 40 year old Crystal OLSON. Both now face drug and weapons charges. OLSON appeared in court on November 23rd, and was released on a number of conditions, while HARDENSTINE was held in custody with his next court appearance set for November 28th.

“Excellent police work resulted in a very positive outcome for us. Finding so many guns was a shock for us, but very happy to have them out of the hands of criminals” said Corporal Scott Van Every of the TEU.

File # 2018-19075

Penticton RCMP

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