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Three Sooke men have been arrested for possession with the intention to sell following a months-long drug trafficking investigation by police.

The lengthy investigation conducted by Sooke RCMP and the Vancouver Island General Investigation Section focused on local heroin/fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine traffickers.

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Over the course of the investigation, two men were arrested on May 11th and one on May 23rd.

The first individual, a 32-year-old man, was arrested at his Maple Avenue South residence after police executed a search warrant on the property. He is now facing charges under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) for trafficking cocaine and possession of cocaine for trafficking.

The second suspect, a 31-year-old man, was arrested on the same day for similar charges. In total, he has been charged with two counts of trafficking heroin/fentanyl and possession of heroin/fentanyl and one count of possession of methamphetamine and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The last man was arrested in Sooke on May 23rd. The 52-year-old is facing two counts of trafficking heroin/fentanyl and one count of possession of heroin/fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking.

While several charges have been laid for each suspect, police say that the investigation is ongoing and that further charges and arrests are expected in the future

All three suspects have been released on a promise to appear in court on July 24th.

“The success of this project and the arrest of these suspects show the community of Sooke how the local detachment is working hard to arrest local drug traffickers,” saod Sooke RCMP Detachment Commander Jeff McArthur.

“The drugs are being tested, and Fentanyl is suspected in some of the drugs seized.”