Three people were arrested Friday after the West Shore RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Unit executed three search warrants on separate properties where individuals were suspected of trafficking drugs.

Officers raided three homes in Sooke, Saanich, and Langford on April 24th, seizing 25 firearms including a pistol equipped with a silencer, a fully loaded restricted AR-15 style carbine rifle and a prohibited sawed off shot gun.

The raid followed an extensive covert surveillance operation in which investigators gathered evidence of drug trafficking — all three residences were connected in the sophisticated multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking ring.

In addition to the firearms, police seized over $9,000 dollars in cash, cocaine, and two vehicles used to traffic drugs.

“This was a lengthy and complex investigation requiring many police resources. Three suspects have been arrested for drug trafficking and firearms related offences,” said Cpl. Walsh of the Drugs and Organized Crime Unit.

“We seized a significant amount of cocaine packaged and ready to be sold. We also seized numerous firearms as well as three sets of soft and hard body armour along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and prohibited magazines.”

A 25-year-old woman, and two men aged 36 and 46 were arrested.

Police are continuing to investigate and charges are forthcoming.