Nanaimo RCMP officers have arrested a man following a drug trafficking investigation and found he had 40 litres of GHB in the trunk of his vehicle.
The 54-year-old man from Nanaimo, who was well-known to police, was the target of a drug trafficking and production investigation initiated by Nanaimo’s local drug unit.
According to RCMP, the investigation culminated on March 3 after police witnessed the suspect making a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Terminal Park Mall.
Officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Projects Unit moved in swiftly to arrest the man following the transaction, which led to the search of his vehicle.
In searching the suspect’s vehicle, officers found 40 litres of GHB in his trunk. Police proceeded to acquire a search warrant and investigate the 54-year-old’s central Nanaimo residence. RCMP located approximately ½ an ounce of suspected fentanyl, three ounces of cocaine, and a smaller quantity of methamphetamine and crack cocaine. Additionally, one litre of GHB and $1500 in Canadian currency was seized.
On March 5, three storage lockers located on a rural property south of Nanaimo were also searched, in connection with the man’s arrest. One of the units was determined to be the site where the GHB was being produced. From that unit, investigators seized drug production equipment, precursors, and a small amount of GHB.
This is just another excellent example of our officers aggressively targeting individuals who continue to sell drugs to the vulnerable population in our community, and to those who are entrenched in the vicious cycle of drug addiction, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
The suspect has been released with no charges at this time as the investigation continues but he is expected to face charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2 (fentanyl and cocaine) and Production of a Controlled Substance (GHB).