Two handguns, numerous drugs in high quantities and a ton of cash have been seized by two police departments in Greater Victoria.
Saanich Police and VicPD worked together in this investigation, which came to a head on Wednesday, March 15th. The investigation was targeting organized crime in the capital region and resulted in three arrests.
The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), with the aid of VicPD and Saanich Police made the first arrests when they made a “high-risk vehicle stop” at around 3 p.m., Wednesday afternoon.
On the corner of Douglas Street and Burnside Road they arrested two men and they found a .22-caliber handgun with ammunition with a small amount of drugs.
The two individuals they arrested were later released pending further investigation, according to police.
A follow-up search warrant for a residence in the 100-block of Lurline Avenue in Saanich yielded a significant amount of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine meant for trafficking. Police also found prescription drugs, and a second handgun with ammunition at this location.
A bicycle worth around $10,000, which police say was stolen, was also obtained by police.
One individual was taken into custody during the search and seizure for an outstanding warrant and they were taken to Saanich Police cells for processing.
“Working in partnership with teams like the Saanich Police Department Street Crime Unit, VicPD’s General Investigative Section continues to target organized crime across Greater Victoria, with a focus on Victoria and Esquimalt,” said VicPD and Saanich Police in a statement.
According to the two detachments, this incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about guns and/or drugs in the community should call VicPD at (250) 995-7654, Saanich Police at (250) 475-4321 or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to report anonymously.