Island drug gang takedown by heavily armed cops
VICTORIA, BC – Five men and a woman have been taken down by a heavily armed task force of cops for running a drug distribution network on Vancouver Island.
Combined forces ERT teams pounced at several location under cover of darkness and scooped up five men and a woman aged between 27 and 48 following an extensive investigated code-named “Project Probert.”“The raids followed a two-month long drug investigation by VicPD’s Strike Force and Street Crime Units, who had been tracking and investigating a group of drug dealers believed to be trafficking cocaine and heroin in the Victoria area,” said Sgt. Grant Hamilton.
“Throughout this investigation VicPD’s Strike Force unit received assistance from Street Crime Units from both the Westshore RCMP and Saanich Police. The Greater Victoria Regional Crime Unit was also involved,” he said.
Police targeted four different locations in Victoria, Saanich and the Westshore area. The warrants were executed with assistance from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) and the RCMP South Island Emergency Response Team (ERT).
Search warrants were executed in Victoria at residences in the 1000-block of Queens Avenue and the 2100-block of Ridge Road, in Langford at a condo building in the 2700-block of Veterans Memorial Parkway, and at a residence in the 600-block of Baltic Place in Saanich.
“VicPD investigators, including those from the Forensic Ident and Computer Forensic Units, have seized a considerable amount of potential evidence including drugs, cash and computers. It will take a few days to catalogue and sort through the items so it is too early to comment or speculate on potential charges,” he added.
All the individuals are known to police and have been released to appear in court in early February next year.