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Two unrelated traffic stops in Saanich last month led to the arrest of several drug trafficking suspects.

On April 2nd , Saanich Police said they stopped a vehicle in the 3400 block of Douglas Street (near Uptown) on a weapons complaint.

The driver was arrested and the vehicle searched.

Officers found several drugs in the car believed to be methamphetamine and cocaine – they were packaged and ready for sale on the street. Officers also found $1,000 in cash.

Police said the driver is facing charges related to drug trafficking and driving while prohibited.

About a month later, on April 30th – in the same area, a Saanich police officer pulled over a vehicle after it swerved and nearly struck the police cruiser.

While speaking to the driver, an officer spotted a small package of drugs in plain sight.

The driver was arrested and a search of the vehicle resulted in the police finding drugs believed to be fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, drug packaging materials and also a  conducted-energy weapon.

The driver failed a roadside sobriety test, which resulted in a 24-hour driving suspension and vehicle impound.

Both the driver and passenger were charged with drug trafficking and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

“The details of both files indicate that they were out actively selling drugs,” said Cst. Markus
Anastasiades.

“It’s a good day for police when we are able to stop the trafficking of drugs, especially when it comes to the seizure of fentanyl, as we are all aware of the devastation this drug has caused in our province.”