On September 27th, 2019, the West Shore RCMP Drug Unit executed five simultaneous search warrants in relation to a cross-jurisdictional drug trafficking operation in West Shore and Victoria. The West Shore RCMP Drug Unit had been conducting surveillance on two suspected drug dealers for several months. Both suspects resided in Victoria but frequented the West Shore in their criminal activity. The search warrants, three for residences and two for vehicles, were all executed in Victoria.
The West Shore RCMP Drug Unit partnered up with the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, the Victoria Police Department (VPD) Strike Force, and VPD Emergency Response Team.
“Drug trafficking doesn’t stop at the West Shore border, neither do our investigators,” said Cpl. Walsh of the West Shore RCMP Drug Unit. “We put the call out to our colleagues at VPD who immediately showed their support and jumped on board, making the project a success.”
The investigation is on-going, thus far the West Shore RCMP have arrested two 37-year-old males for drug trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Over 300 grams of powdered cocaine and crack-cocaine was seized by police. The estimated street value of the drugs is over $50 000. The West Shore RCMP also seized two vehicles, ammunition, and a variety of bladed weapons.
The West Shore Drug Unit has been targeting drug trafficking and chronic offenders.
“As the community grows and evolves so must the approach of policing,” said Inspector Todd Preston, Officer in Charge of West Shore RCMP. “In that spirit, I met with the respective Mayors and Councils of Langford, Colwood and View Royal, who recognized that there was a need for focused drug enforcement. The West Shore RCMP Drug Unit was formed earlier this year with the support and funding from our municipal communities. The focus on drug enforcement in the West Shore will not only impact the drug trade but also impact related offences such as property crime, which is often driven by those who are looking to fuel their drug addiction. Working these types of investigations in conjunction with other surrounding police agencies will become more and more common as it’s mutually beneficial.”
Cst. Nancy Saggar
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4