Nanaimo RCMP arrested a man known for having ties to fentanyl trafficking and the production of GHB, commonly referred to as the “date rape” drug.
On Wednesday, March 3rd, the 54-year-old Nanaimo man was seen making a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Terminal Park Mall.
Officers quickly moved in and arrested the suspect.
After the arrest, officers searched his vehicle, locating 40 litres of GHB in the trunk.
A search warrant was carried out on the suspect’s residence in central Nanaimo.
Nanaimo RCMP says they seized approximately half an ounce of suspected fentanyl, three ounces of cocaine, a smaller quantity of methamphetamine and crack cocaine; as well as one litre of GHB and $1500 in Canadian currency.
On March 5th, three storage lockers — thought to be the site of where the GHB was being produced — were located on a rural property south of Nanaimo.
Investigators searched and seized drug production equipment, precursors, and a small amount of GHB from the lockers.
The suspect has been released with no charges as the investigation continues, but is expected to face two charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Production of a Controlled Substance.
“This is just another excellent example of our officers aggressively targeting individuals who continue to sell drugs to the vulnerable population in our community, and to those who are entrenched in the vicious cycle of drug addiction,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.