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An incident involving a motorist being threatened with a knife led to the arrest of a suspect on drug trafficking charges in Nanaimo Friday morning.

RCMP officers with the Nanaimo Bike Unit responded to the intersection of Wesley and Franklyn Streets shortly after 8 a.m. for a report that a motorist had been threatened with a knife.

The complainant told police that he was driving towards the intersection on Franklyn Street and slowed down to allow two men to cross the street.

One of the men produced a knife and directed threats at the driver.

Officers were able to locate the man based on a description provided by the driver. The man was arrested, and a search of his personal effects produced a number of illicit items including:

  • a folding knife
  • 9 grams of fentanyl
  • 8 grams of methamphetamine
  • 1 gram of cocaine

The man was also in possession of $829 of Canadian currency.

RCMP have charged 37-year-old Daniel Purser of Nanaimo with 2 counts of Posession for the Purpose of Trafficking. No charge was laid in relation to the alleged threat made towards the motorist.

Purser was released later the same day, with a scheduled court appearance of December 2.

As part of his release, Purser is prohibited from being in the area of Wesley Street, where he has been residing for several months.

Police are allowing Purser a single police-escorted visit to the encampment he had been staying at, to pick up his personal belongings.


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