A 24-year-old woman from Victoria has been caught red-handed trafficking drugs on Cowichan Tribes land in an investigation that spanned several months.
A search warrant was executed at a home on a Statlou Road on March 2nd by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the Vancouver Island RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) that resulted in the arrest of the Victoria woman.
Since December 2022, the Cowichan Tribes have been in a local state of emergency due to drug poisoning and trafficking on their lands.
Due to this, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say they established ‘Project E-PROVIDE’ to target these issues and help BC’s largest First Nation deal with the toxic drug supply happening on their turf.
The RCMP’s Street Crime Unit led the investigation which spanned several months in order to establish sufficient evidence for a search warrant to be executed.
Police say while entering the Statlou Road house, they encountered a “door that was specifically designed to aid with the drug trafficking activity.”
“Drug trafficking properties always have a significant negative impact on their neighbourhoods,” said Corporal Trevor March of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Street Crime Unit.
“Investigators who assisted with this project are committed to serving these neighbourhoods and targeting the people who choose to set up and run these operations.”
Police say the investigation is ongoing.