The Comox Valley RCMP have arrested 19 people following an executed search warrant at a problem house “well known to police” in Courtenay.
According to RCMP, the arrests were made on March 4, at the problem house, which is located in the 1600-block of 20th Street.
Police say an investigation was launched after receiving reports of “suspicious and potentially criminal activity” occurring at the residence. RCMP indicates that it was the “volume and nature” of the received reports that caused the Street Crimes Unit to take on the investigation.
A warrant was executed at the property on Thursday – a location which police say is known for nuisance calls – and several stolen items were seized by police.
“We’ve recovered property believed to be stolen, a firearm, ammunition, and a quantity of what is suspected to be controlled substances,” said Cpl. Jill Swann, Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit.
“The members of the Comox Valley RCMP are doing everything they can to address the complaints about this nuisance property, and are hopeful that collaboration with the City of Courtenay will lead to a successful outcome.”
Officers note that the 19 people who were arrested are expected to face “serious charges.”
In addition to the criminal charges being considered, investigators will also be exploring the possibility of fines associated with the violation of province-wide COVID-19 restrictions.
The investigation is continuing as police are combing through all the evidence seized from the property, which consists mostly of items believed to be stolen.
The Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit will continue working in partnership with the City of Courtenay to ensure the safety of the residence moving forward.