Police in Victoria have arrested three people from Surrey after drugs, cash and a loaded handgun were discovered inside their vehicle.
The Victoria Police Department says officers from their Strike Force unit along with members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) pulled over a vehicle in James Bay on Nov. 13 and found fentanyl, cocaine, cash and a loaded .45 calibre handgun.
The three occupants inside the vehicle, two men and a woman from Surrey, were identified by officers as “organized drug traffickers” conducting operations in Victoria.
VicPD say the loaded handgun was hidden in a compartment in the vehicle’s centre console, behind the temperature and stereo controls, and was “easily accessible” to the occupants.
Later that night, officers executed search warrants on two rooms at a hotel in the 700-block of Douglas Street associated with the suspects and discovered evidence of a drug operation.
In all, police say they seized large quantities of fentanyl and cocaine with an estimated street value of $50,000 as well as $60,000 in cash, in addition to the loaded handgun.
The arrests and seizure are a part of a larger operation that recently netted a kilogram of 90 percent concentration fentanyl, according to the Victoria Police Department, which says it will be recommending several drug trafficking-related charges against three unnamed individuals from Surrey.
Victoria PD seized $60,000 in cash and well as drugs from three people allegedly involved in a drug trafficking operation in the city. A loaded handgun was also seized. (Victoria Police Department handout photo)