(Taser/Saanich Police)

Saanich Police have arrested 46-yeaer-old Randy Smith after an investigation found that he had allegedly imported Conducted Energy Weapons, or tasers, from China.

In a statement released on Tuesday, police announced that they had been investigating the importation of the tasers after their delivery was intercepted in the mail system and turned over to Saanich PD in May 2020.

The illegal weapons were believed to have been purchased online and shipped over from China.

According to police, the person importing the weapons had a long history of drug trafficking and possession charges along with weapons-related offences.

Smith was arrested on June 25 with the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team and a search of his vehicle and residence was conducted.

The search yielded more illegally imported tasers, drugs which had an estimate street value of $10,000, and other weapons including a crossbow, brass knuckles, batons, switchblades, and a ‘medieval mace’.

Smith was held in custody on three charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
and two counts of Possession of weapons contrary to a lifetime firearm/weapon prohibition.