Victoria, BC – A man and woman are being sought after Strike Force officers seized multi-coloured, branded drugs as they conducted an investigation into a stolen property and drug trafficking operation.
In mid-April, Strike Force officers, acting on tips from the public, began the investigation into drug and stolen property trafficking out of a suite in a house in the 1100-block of Kings Road. As officers were conducting their investigation, the two suspects – a man and a woman – moved to a multi-unit residential building in the 3200-block of Quadra Street. The investigation continued at the new location, showing that the drug trafficking operation was continuing at the new location.
On April 30, 2020, Strike Force officers, working with the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) and Saanich Police Department officers, conducted a search warrant at the multi-unit residential building in the 3200-block of Quadra Street. While the suspects were not in the suite, the officers’ search warrant was successful. Strike Force officers located significant amounts of drugs including methamphetamine, cocaine, psilocybin, and fentanyl. Officers noted that the drug traffickers had colour-coded their drugs, essentially branding their product.
In total, officers seized 600 grams of fentanyl in various unique colours, 300 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of psilocybin, 30 grams of cocaine, approximately $10,000 cash, shotgun ammunition and two imitation firearms, as well as stolen property including suspected stolen jewelry, clothing with price and security tags still affixed, and small kitchen appliances. In addition, significant quantities of cutting agents, cooking supplies, dyes and drying equipment were also seized.
Photographs of some of the seized drugs and imitation firearms are below.
Four charges are being recommended against a Victoria man and woman. The man also faces additional recommended charges for violating court-ordered conditions. Both are believed to be evading police and warrants for their arrest are being sought.
VicPD’s Strike Force is a covert investigation and operations unit. While Strike Force officers continue to focus on prolific property offenders, in the past three weeks officers have noted a significant connection to the drug trade. Each time officers have conducted a stolen property search warrant they have located significant amounts of drugs.
Strike Force relies on tips from the public. If you have information about property crime offenders in our community, you can call the Strike Force line directly at (250) 995-7260.
Strike Force officers are already targeting their next prolific property offender.