Two traffic stops over the weekend led to multiple arrests and the discovery of copious amounts of stolen items in Sooke.
Sooke RCMP said they conducted two traffic stops over the weekend that led to the arrest of five people and the seizure of “significant” amount of stolen property, weapons, counterfeit currency and drugs.
The first traffic stop took place at 10:30 p.m. on April 2.
That’s when Sooke RCMP officers stopped a suspicious vehicle on Sooke River Road and discovered illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, a loaded 9 mm handgun, an improvised explosive device. Two men were taken into custody, but one of them managed to escape and remains at large, despite a “lengthy police service dog track.”
The second traffic stop occurred on April 4 at 2:30 a.m.
Sooke RCMP say officers stopped another suspicious vehicle and discovered “copious amounts of stolen items” inside. Police also say they found licence plates, illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, several cell phones and counterfeit currency. Three people who were inside the vehicle at the time were arrested.
Both matters are still under investigation.
Anyone with information on either of these incidents are encouraged to contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.