Police in Sooke are asking people to check their boats after a missing outboard motor was found during a drug seizure on Tuesday.
At 3 p.m. Sooke RCMP members who were on patrol saw what appeared to be a “suspicious occurrence” at a known offender’s residence near Anna Marie Road and Wadams Way in Sooke.
Police said a black Dodge truck with expired Northwest Territories plates had pulled into the driveway and the box of the truck was filled with a “strange assortment” of items that were possibly stolen.
A man came out of the driver’s side of the truck and identified himself to police. He was then arrested for prohibited driving.
Two other people who were in the vehicle were arrested shortly afterward when police found drugs in the truck. All three people were taken to Sooke RCMP Detachment cells. Police said the occupants were a 40-year-old Saanich man, a 33-year-old Langford man and a 31-year-old Langford woman.
Sooke RCMP found crack cocaine, meth, unknown substances and more than $2,500 in cash in the truck. The three people who were in the truck are facing charges of possession of controlled substances for trafficking and possession of stolen property.
A missing Johnson 6 HP outboard motor was found in the truck. Police have done a records check and while they believe it was stolen from the Sooke area, there has not yet been a report.
Boat owners are asked to check if they are missing an outboard. Anyone who can identify the outboard can call Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241.