Just after 8 p.m. on Wednesday October, 30th, 2019, an off-duty VicPD officer noted suspicious activity in a vehicle in a parking lot in the 1800-block of Store Street. She called on-duty Patrol officers, who arrived a short time later and began an investigation. The Patrol officers searched the three vehicle occupants and the vehicle and discovered significant amounts of cash and drugs, as well as weapons including knives and pepper spray. All three occupants were arrested.
Officers seized $17,454 CAD and $480 USD, as well as 96 combined grams of fentanyl and heroin, 66 grams of crystal meth, and 2.79 grams of crack cocaine. The Patrol officers also seized the vehicle and recovered evidence of alleged drug trafficking activity including mobile phones, scales, drug packaging and “score sheets”. Photographs of some of the evidence recovered are below.
The cash and vehicle have been referred for civil forfeiture. The three occupants face three recommended charges of drug possession for the purposes of trafficking each. They are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.