West Shore RCMP have announced a third major drug bust within the span of a few weeks.
In a press release issued on Tuesday West Shore RCMP said their Crime Reduction Unit busted a drug dealer in a basement suite, seizing drugs, loaded guns, and cash.
@WestshoreRCMP Crime Reduction Unit busted a basement suite drug dealer. Drugs, loaded handgun and thousands of dollars in cash were seized. That’s the 3rd drug bust in the last few weeks by @WestshoreRCMP check it out ??https://t.co/lVjNhE1MFH
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) March 3, 2020
Officers were in pursuit of this potential bust beginning on Feb. 1 when they found two duffle bags containing over 240 grams of fentanyl at the scene of a vehicle collision in Langford. The suspect who had crashed the vehicle fled the scene.
The initial collision investigation quickly turned into a drug trafficking investigation, according to the release. The Crime Reduction Unit set up surveillance and tracked the male suspect to a basement suite in a residence in the area of Langford Lake Rd and Langford Parkway. On February 22, officers arrested a 26-year old male suspect and, after conducting a search of the basement suite, they uncovered narcotics including methamphetamine, steroids, a loaded handgun and thousands of dollars in cash.
This was a large scale drug trafficking operation. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous and deadly drug. To put things in perspective, 240 grams of fentanyl would make up approximately 2400 individual doses, said Cpl. Fred Ritchie of the Crime Reduction Unit.”
The suspect remains in custody as an investigation is ongoing.
This comes on the heels of another drug bust made by the West Shore RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Unit on February 18th, where a variety of illicit drugs were seized out of an apartment in View Royal.
In the month of February alone, the West Shore RCMP have made 3 significant drug seizures. Our specialized units are an invaluable part of this type of work and the detachment is committed to combating drug trafficking in the West Shore, said Inspector Todd Preston, Officer in Charge of West Shore RCMP.
West Shore RCMP is asking members of the community to report any suspicious behaviour by calling their non-emergency line at (250) 474-2264.