British Columbia

Kelowna bust leads to California arrests

Two men wanted in a cocaine bust in Kelowna, B.C., have been arrested in the U.S.

Two men wanted in a cocaine bust in Kelowna, B.C., have been arrested in the U.S.

Victor Perez Rodriguez, 43, of Mexico and Tariq Mohammed Aslam, 32, of Surrey were stopped Thursday in San Clemente, Calif., the RCMP said Thursday.

Extradition proceedings will now begin to have them returned to Canada to face drug charges, said spokesman Const. Michael McLaughlin.

The charges follow the interception in early October of 97 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a fruit crushing machine that was being shipped from Argentina to Kelowna.

Two other men — Clifford Roger Montgomery, 33, and Barry Michael Ready, 50, both of West Kelowna — are already facing charges in the case.

In a separate case announced last week, six people were arrested after Vancouver border agents found 275 kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine in shipping containers from Mexico.