A multi-unit investigation on the Westshore spanning several months led to the arrests of two alleged drug dealers and the seizure of weapons, drugs and cash, according to police.
In a news release Wednesday, West Shore RCMP say covert surveillance helped its drug unit determine that two suspects living in Sooke were trafficking drugs in and out of town and across the Westshore.
RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence in question in early September, arresting a 42-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman in relation to drug trafficking.
During the search, officers located and seized three prohibited tasers and numerous cartridges, two prohibited switchblade knives, one prohibited butterfly knife and two crossbows, plus replica firearms, including one MP5 and one Carbine-style gun.
RCMP say officers also seized over $600 cash and approximately 33 grams of crack cocaine, 28 grams of powder cocaine, 18 grams of methamphetamine and 180 grams of cannabis.
“This was a complex investigation involving many West Shore RCMP officers as well as our neighbouring Sooke RCMP and the Island District Traffic Dog Unit,” Cpl. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer, said in the release.
“We want to thank the numerous police officers from all jurisdictions who assisted in this investigation,” Saggar added.
RCMP say the investigation is ongoing, with police recommending the suspects be charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, six counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, and one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.