(VicPD / Jay Wallace Images)

Two Saanich men were arrested late last week in response to community drug trafficking complaints.

The two men were selling cocaine and fentanyl, and were specifically targeting people at local shelters struggling with addiction.

In a media release, VicPD says the operation was a joint operation between VicPD’s Strike Force, VicPD’s Analysis and Intelligence Section (AIS), and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT).

On Thursday, March 11th, the Strike Force and GVERT officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 4000-block of Orion Place in Saanich, and on three vehicles.

During the search, officers located cash as well as amounts of fentanyl and cocaine consistent with drug trafficking.

VicPD said the month-long investigation involved investigative techniques and surveillance which tracked the men as they allegedly sold drugs to “some of the most marginalized members of our communities” at multi-unit residential temporary housing facilities and shelters.

These arrests come in the midst of the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic in which drugs like fentanyl have killed thousands of British Columbians.

Both men are facing recommended charges related to drug trafficking.

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