The Nanaimo RCMP have seized a variety of drugs, supplies and nearly $21,000 from a man after a patrol officer arrested him for outstanding warrants.
In a police report issued on Wednesday, RCMP say that a uniformed officer was patrolling through the parking lot of Port Place Mall at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, when he saw 39-year-old Terrance Virus of Nanaimo.
Virus is known to police and RCMP say that the patrolling officer knew he was wanted on two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.
“Without delay, the officer got out of his vehicle and promptly arrested Virus on the outstanding warrants,” reads a statement from Nanaimo RCMP.
Virus was in possession of a black backpack and grey satchel at the time of the arrest. RCMP later searched these bags and found drugs, supplies and cash.
Along with nearly $21,000 in Canadian currency, police found suspected methamphetamine (5.9 grams), crack cocaine (13.5 grams) and fentanyl (259 grams). In addition to the drugs and money, RCMP said there were digital scales, two smartphones, hundreds of zip lock baggies and a knife.
This is just another fine example of the exemplary work our front line officers do every day, keeping illegal drugs off our streets and holding drug traffickers accountable. said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
Virus has been charged with three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Police say he remains in custody and is scheduled to make his next appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Monday, February 1.