Police seize 20 guns, 20,000 rounds of ammunition during Bear Mountain raid

Police seize 20 guns, 20,000 rounds of ammunition during Bear Mountain raid
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Victoria Police arrested one man and seized 20 guns and more than four kilograms of cocaine during a raid in Bear Mountain last week.

Police said the raid, at a home in the 800-block of Pintail Place on Bear Mountain, was the culmination of a drug trafficking investigation that began in Victoria in early June.

Victoria Police were conducting a “covert investigation” into a suspected drug trafficker, which led them to the home on Bear Mountain.

After receiving a search warrant, VicPD officers, as well as the West Shore RCMP Emergency Response Team and Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, searched the home on June 25.

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The raid on June 25 is pictured. (Submitted)

Inside, police say they found 20 guns, ranging from rifles to pistols to shotguns, as well as 20,000 rounds of ammunition, two sets of ballistic armour and 4.5 kilograms of cocaine. Police also seized over $20,000 in cash.

“I am proud of the officers involved for their hard work and determination in this investigation,” said VicPD Chief Del Manak in a release Thursday.

“These offenders pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of our communities, so we will continue our efforts to prevent those that choose to engage in illegal drug trafficking, which fuels the toxic drug crisis in B.C.,” he said.

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Police say a man was arrested at a home, but has since been released as the investigation continues.

“In addition to the inherit dangers imposed on the community related to the trafficking of toxic drugs, we often see a concerning level of violence associated with these behaviours,” said VicPD spokesperson Const. Terri Healy.

“Our enforcement targets the dangerous individuals and weapons that impact the safety of our neighbourhoods. In this case, the suspect had 20 firearms in the residence and thousands of rounds of ammunition that were all seized as a result of this investigation,” she said.

In a release, VicPD says the man was released because it met the requirements under Bill C-75 which require police to release a suspect at the earliest possibility taking into consideration the likelihood the suspect will attend court, the imminence of risk posed to public safety and the impact on the confidence of the criminal justice system.

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The drugs seized by police are shown. (VicPD)

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