Displaying the “wrong” licence plate ultimately led to the arrest of two people and the seizure of thousands of dollars in cash, drugs as well as weapons earlier this month, say police.
According to the West Shore RCMP, officers from their drug and organized crime units were conducting an investigation on June 14 in the Malahat area when they noticed a vehicle driving northbound on the Trans-Canada Highway.
RCMP say the vehicle caught their attention because it had licence plates that were registered to another vehicle.
Officers followed the vehicle to an empty parking lot in Duncan and attempted to stop the motorist.
However, during the attempt, RCMP say, the vehicle “accelerated” at a high rate of speed towards them, ramming the front of one police vehicle and striking the side of another.
The RCMP says although the officers opted not to pursue the suspect, the vehicle was discovered a short time later by officers with the Shawnigan Lake detachment.
Two people were taken into custody without further incident and the vehicle was searched. During the search, RCMP say, officers discovered $15,000 in cash, over three ounces of suspected fentanyl, smaller quantities of suspected cocaine and methamphetamine, a Beretta handgun, multiple collapsible batons and canisters of bear spray.
The Beretta, say RCMP, was loaded and was been reported stolen out from Nanaimo last August.
Additionally, the RCMP says officers along with members of the with assistance from the Saanich Police Department’s street crime unit and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence in Saanich, where they allegedly discovered evidence of a “significant” drug trafficking operation and seized a large quantity of Gamma Hydroxybutyrate.
This is one example of the ongoing proactive work being done by our officers and the risks they face daily, said Superintendent Todd Preston, Officer in Charge of the West Shore RCMP, Through hard work and team work, we have disrupted a substantial drug trafficking operation and removed multiple weapons from the community.
RCMP say Saanich resident Brandon Seguin, 26, is facing multiple charges ranging from possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking, flight from peace officer, and possession of a prohibited firearm.
Police say they have also recommended charges against an unnamed 38-year-old female for possession of a scheduled substance.