West Shore RCMP police dog Erik helped find drugs in two incidents. (West Shore RCMP).

West Shore RCMP police dog Erik helped find drugs in two incidents. (West Shore RCMP).

A police dog helped West Shore RCMP officers find and recover drugs during two investigations this week.

Police said on Jan. 14, a man was walking his dog when he found a container near Humpback Road in Langford. The man contacted West Shore RCMP who went to investigate along with police dog Erik. They found the container and Erik indicated the container contained what police believe is 41 grams of crack cocaine.

The container of drugs reported to West Shore RCMP on Jan. 14, 2019.

The container of drugs reported to West Shore RCMP on Jan. 14, 2019.

Then on Jan. 16, the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit and Bike Unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 2300-block of Sooke Road in Colwood. The search warrant came after a month-long drug trafficking investigation. Erik assisted with the search. Police seized an undisclosed amount of suspected cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia, as well as a stolen trailer. A 37-year-old Colwood man, who was known to police, was arrested at the home. He was later released on a promise to appear in court.

Police said there is no indication the two incidents were related.

“The West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit and Bike Unit continue to target illegal drug activity in the West Shore area. Whenever possible we are using our full-time RCMP police dog “Erik” as an effective way to detect and search for illegal drugs,” Cpl. Chris Dovell of the West Shore RCMP said in a statement.

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