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A large RCMP presence was noticed by residents of Salt Spring Island on Tuesday, as officers executed a search warrant on Stewart Road. 

On August 23rd, Salt Spring RCMP, along with several other sanctions of the RCMP, executed the search warrant at a residence in relation to a firearms investigation.  

“Members of the public likely noticed the large police presence, including the use of specialized vehicles on their roads, and the RCMP helicopter overhead,” said Sergeant Chris Manseau, Acting Senior Media Relations Officer for the BC RCMP 

“The search warrant execution was conducted without incident, and there was no threat to the public.”

During the search, officers arrested one person who has since been released.

“The Salt Spring RCMP want to thank the public for their patience during this investigation, and our partners from various sections of the RCMP who assisted,” Manseau added.

Earlier today, there were unconfirmed reports this was a swatting incident. However, RCMP have confirmed to Victoria Buzz that it was not.

An increased RCMP presence is expected on Salt Spring Island for the next few days as the investigation continues. 

Charges have not yet been laid. RCMP say no further details will be released at this time.

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