(K9 Erik / West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP police dog, Erik, has helped take a significant number of illicit drugs off island streets this week.

In two separate investigations, Erik helped identify a container full of crack cocaine in Langford, and then went on to find an undisclosed amount of drugs in a Colwood residence.

On Monday, a man walking his dog in Langford spotted the suspicious-looking container near Humpback Road and alerted police. West Shore RCMP then went to investigate with K9 Erik, who located the container and indicated that he smelled an illegal substance. Inside the container, police found 41 grams of what is suspected to be crack cocaine.

Then on Wednesday, Erik assisted the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit and Bike Unit who executed a search warrant at a home located in the 2300 block of Sooke Road in Colwood. Inside, Erik helped find an undisclosed amount of suspected cocaine, cash, and drug paraphernalia. Police also discovered and seized a stolen trailer from the property.

A 37-year-old Colwood man, who is known to police, was arrested at the home and was later released on a promise to appear for court. The search warrant was executed after a month long drug trafficking investigation, which remains ongoing.

“West Shore RCMP continue to target the illegal drug crime in the West Shore area,” said Cpl. Chris Dovell of the West Shore RCMP in a release.

“Whenever possible we are using our full time RCMP police dog ‘Erik’ as an effective way to detect and search for illegal drugs.”

Anyone with information on either investigation is asked to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.