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West Shore RCMP arrest two suspects and seize weapons, drugs and money in Sooke


Several weapons, dangerous drugs and money believed to be connected to the selling of illicit drugs have been seized in Sooke. 

The West Shore RCMP’s Drug Unit led a multi-unit investigation which led to the arrests of two suspects in early September.

The investigation spanned several months and was a collaborative effort between The West Shore RCMP’sDrug Unit, Crime Reduction Unit, Uniformed Gang Enforcement Unit, as well as the Sooke RCMP and the Island District Traffic Police Dog Unit.

According to police, they conducted covert surveillance that led them to two suspects living in Sooke who they say were trafficking drugs across the West Shore.

In early September, police executed a search warrant of the residence in question and arrested a 42-year-old male suspect and a 23-year-old female suspect on drug trafficking charges.

Police say that during the search, they found and seized prohibited weapons such as three tasers with numerous cartridges, two switchblades and one butterfly knife.

Additional dangerous weapons police found were two crossbows, one MP5 replica firearm and one carbine replica firearm.

In addition to the weapons, they found drugs and money as well. 

Police say they found over $600 in cash, approximately 33 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 28 grams of powder cocaine, approximately 18 grams of methamphetamine and 180 grams of cannabis. 

“This was a complex investigation involving many West Shore RCMP officers as well as our neighbouring Sooke RCMP and the Island District Traffic Dog Unit,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer. 

“We want to thank the numerous police officers from all jurisdictions who assisted in this investigation.”

The investigation is ongoing, and police are recommending the suspects be charged with four counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking, six counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and one count of possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose.

Curtis Blandy

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