On March 2nd, 2019 the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction unit undertook a weapons trafficking investigation in the West Shore area.
The firearm shown above is a semi-automatic SKS rifle. Investigators advise that the SKS rifle had been altered to include an aftermarket synthetic stock as well as a prohibited 21 round magazine.
The Crime Reduction Unit’s mandate is to target drug dealers and known chronic offenders in the West Shore. Through their use of intelligence, technology, and old fashion police work, they identified a male suspect who police believe was attempting to trade a firearm(s) for street drugs.
The investigation lead them to execute a search warrant at a residence in Langford where three firearms as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition were seized. All firearms and ammunition where stored in an unsafe manner contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
“This seizure of firearms and ammunition is a direct result of street level drug trafficking,” said Crime Reduction Unit member, Constable David MacDonald. “The dangers of drug trafficking effect all communities in the Victoria area. The West Shore Crime Reduction unit will continue to aggressively investigate drug traffickers.”
The investigation is on going with evidence remaining to be examined. A report recommending charges of weapons trafficking and unsafe storage of a firearm will be forwarded to Provincial Court at a later date.
Cst. Nancy Saggar
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4