The execution by police of multiple search warrants has led to four men being charged after drugs were seized intended for sale in the Cowichan Valley.
23-year-old Taygen Mitchell Butler, 22-year-old James Otis Downey, 41-year-old Christopher Lee Hamilton and 43-year-old Timothy James Greer have been charged with trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP says an investigation started in February and search warrants were executed in the 1500 and 1700-block of Chaplain Street in Crofton and the 2800-block of Hillside Street in Chemainus June 30.
Police seized more than two pounds of crystal meth, a pound and a half of fentanyl, eight guns including long guns, handguns and a loaded shotgun, cash and other items used in the drug trade and counterfeit money.
“The RCMP recognized the impact fentanyl has had on the Cowichan Valley and the number of overdoses and deaths it has caused,” said North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP S/Sgt. Chris Swain.
“We believe the bulk amounts of crystal meth and fentanyl were intended for sale to other drug dealers in the area. These amounts would then be sold to local users. The amount seized represents over 15,000 individual doses of crystal meth and over 10,000 doses of fentanyl.”
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP says trafficking charges are expected for nine other people and firearms offences are being recommended.