RCMP provides update to drug investigation

January arrests lead to sentences for two of three Kootenay residents

The RCMP in Castlegar has provided an update to arrests that were made after a drug investigation and subsequent search of a property on Columbia Avenue back in January of this year.

On May 15, 73-year-old Joyce Ramsden of Castlegar was convicted of trafficking in cocaine and sentenced to two years in jail; 44-year-old Rodney Gritchen of Grand Forks was found guilty of possession of cocaine and handed a $400 fine and 49-year-old Peter Nevakshonoff of Castlegar, who faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance, is scheduled to appear in court in September.

In a January press release, the RCMP said a “substantial amount of a substance believed to be cocaine” was seized as well as currency and drug paraphernalia.