The Sooke RCMP and the Island District RCMP General Investigation Section have executed four search warrants and arrested twelve Sooke area residents as part of a targeted drug enforcement project.
Over the last three months, over a dozen local and regional RCMP officers assigned to the project used a variety of investigative methods to gather intelligence and build a criminal case against those involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs in and around Sooke. As a result of this work, four search warrants were obtained, including one which was executed at a residence on Lanark Road in Sooke on May 27th, 2015. The remaining three search warrants were executed this past weekend at residences in the 2000 Block of Kaltasin Road, the 2200 Block of French Road North, and the 2500 Block of Sooke River Road, in Sooke.
Investigators seized quantities of illegal drugs believed to be heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, GHB, and marijuana, as well as Canadian currency and a Cadillac Escalade truck.
This is the largest targeted drug enforcement project in recent years for the Sooke RCMP, states S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur, Commander of the Sooke RCMP.
Our targeted efforts have resulted in the removal of illegal drugs from our community, and provided valuable information to our investigators about who is actively involved in the local drug trade. We’ll be using this information to make additional arrests in the near future, and expect to lay more criminal charges against those involved.
To date, twelve people have been arrested in relation to this ongoing project. They face a variety of charges relating to drug trafficking. Their details are as follows:
Remanded into police custody:
- Jamie Brittany CATT, 24 year old female, Sooke resident
Released by a Judicial Justice of the Peace (JJP):
- Steve Allan GRUNOW, 48 year old male, Sooke resident
- Gordon Lee THOMAS, 24 year old male, Sooke resident
- Brandon Clifford STEPHENS, 34 year old male, Sooke resident
Released on a Promise to Appear (charges not yet laid – identities withheld):
- 18 year old male from Victoria
- 22 year old male from Victoria
- 23 year old female from Sooke
- 29 year old male from Sooke
Four of those arrested were released without further process, and are not facing criminal charges at this time.
As this project remains ongoing, and criminal charges are now before the Courts, no additional details can be release.
RCMP urge anyone in the community with information on criminal activity to contact the Sooke RCMP at , or anonymously through Crimestoppers at (8477).
Source: Sooke RCMP