RCMP say ‘boatload’ of drugs and guns seized during Haida Gwaii bust

RCMP say 'boatload' of drugs and guns seized during Haida Gwaii bust
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Drugs and guns were seized during a Jan. 13 bust on Haida Gwaii.

Police on Haida Gwaii say a “boatload” of drugs and guns are off local streets following a recent bust that resulted in two arrests and potential criminal charges.

On Friday, Jan. 13, Masset RCMP executed a search warrant on a liveaboard vessel moored at the local fisherman’s wharf, where they discovered drugs, guns and cash.

“Police received information regarding activity consistent with drug trafficking and began an investigation that included surveillance by the RCMP,” according to Mounties in a news release.

Through evidence obtained, police searched the vessel and seized 20 grams of suspected cocaine, as well as cannabis, prepackaged cannabis gummies and other cannabis concentrates, states the release.

They also located and seized five firearms, including two carbine rifles, a semi-automatic shotgun and ammunition, plus $2,000 cash.

“These suspected drugs and firearms posed a significant safety risk to (the) community and public safety,” said RCMP Cpl. Evan Hobbs.

The investigation continues and two people, arrested in the incident and since released, are seeing charges pursued against them under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act, Cannabis Act and Criminal Code for Firearm Offences.

Masset RCMP encourages local residents to continue reporting suspicious activity to police or Crime Stoppers, noting “small pieces of information can have an overall big impact in making communities safer.” The detachment can be reached by phone at 250-626-3991.

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