Two Nanaimo men arrested in 2019 are now facing multiple charges connected to drug importation and trafficking.
According to a BC RCMP press release, Gerhard “Gary” Laufer and Gerry David Allen Grieve were arrested in connection with alleged drug importation following a “lengthy, complex investigation” in November 2019.
The investigation, police say, resulted in the seizure of the vehicles and 10 kilograms of cocaine from an electronically-controlled compartment.
They say searches of a commercial vehicle and another transport vehicle were done as well. Other search warrants that were done on properties related to the two men resulted in the seizure of a small amount of cocaine along with paraphernalia often associated to drug trafficking.
Laufer is facing two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking while Grieve is facing drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and drug importation charges.
“Drug traffickers use many tactics to prevent the detection of their illicit loads during transport,” said Supt. Richard Bergevin, Officer in Charge of the BC RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime – Major Projects in a press release Tuesday. “This includes the use of increasingly sophisticated technologies to further conceal hidden compartments.”
The two men were slated to appear in court Tuesday.