Drugs and two guns were seized by Comox Valley RCMP in two separate incidents over the past few weeks.
Police said at approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 26, they received a report of a single-vehicle collision on Island Highway North, near Virginia Driver, in Courtenay. The male driver allegedly fled the scene.
The 19-year-old suspect, who is from Courtenay, was found nearby by police, with the assistance of police dog services. Police seized a gun, Canadian currency and a quantity of possible crack cocaine from the scene.
Police said the man is in custody on other charges. His new charges include possession of a firearm contrary to a probation order, possession for the purpose of trafficking and breach of probation.
Then on Aug. 3, a 22-year-old man was stopped by an Integrated Forensic Identification Section officer and the Comox Valley Crime Reduction Unit during an investigation. According to police, the man was found with a loaded firearm, Canadian currency and a quantity of possible heroin.
Tyler Wickes was arrested and has been charged with possess a loaded or restricted firearm and possession for the purpose of trafficking heroin. He was held in custody and appeared in court on Aug. 10.
“Anytime we can get unlawful weapons and drugs off our city streets it’s a good thing,” Cst Rob Gardner, Comox Valley RCMP media relations officer, said in a statement.
“We have several sections within our detachment that work together very well and get amazing results. Investigators are exploring whether these incidents are connected to the recent shootings that have occurred within our community.”