|Leslie John McCulloch, the man accused of running a Fentanyl-lacing operation out of a West Kelowna warehouse may soon plead guilty.|
In an appearance by video in Kelowna Supreme Court he asked a judge to grant him bail, saying he was willing to plead guilty. He’s been charged with production and possession of a controlled substance. The same day RCMP raided the warehouse of the Hells Angels' associate last March, another warrant was executed at McCulloch’s home. Police found approximately 800 fake OxyContin pills laced with Fentanyl and several gold bars believed to be stolen. His warehouse yielded 500 fake Percocet and OxyContin pills, 195 grams of suspected Fentanyl, two industrial pill presses capable of making 2,500 pills per hour and a chemical mixer.
“Fentanyl seems to be the new drug of choice for destruction of life.” said justice Justice JD Evans.
|A Kelowna couple will be spending more time apart as they await their next court date for charges related to production and possession of narcotics, including fentanyl. Leslie John McCulloch, 38, and Rebekka Rae White, 27, were charged after a police raid on March 2.|
McCulloch was denied bail in October and will remain in custody until the preliminary inquiry next year, scheduled for May 23-25, 2017. White is currently out on bail. Both McCulloch and White have elected to be tried by judge and jury.
|His conditions of release included an order not to have any contact with members of the gang. Members of the Kelowna RCMP's drug section put McCulloch under covert surveillance in September 2015.|
Later that month, police saw him meet at his business with a senior full-patch member of the Hells Angels from Calgary. As a result, McCulloch's parole was suspended.
McCulloch was importing fentanyl from China and then making fake Percocet and Oxycontin pills.
|McCulloch was released again, but his parole was revoked in May after the police raids. In addition to the fentanyl pills and the presses, RCMP seized gold bars, four bundles of cash totaling $35,600 and miscellaneous Hells Angels '81 Support' clothing.|
Overdoses have killed 915 people in B.C. in 2016.