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Police search in south Nanaimo yields drugs and suspects

Nanaimo Mounties made eight arrests Sunday after searching a home in the 1400 block of Cranberry Avenue.

Police arrested two men and six women when they entered the home at about 7:30 p.m.

Police found 25 grams of heroin, 19 grams of powder cocaine, 12 grams of marijuana, five grams of crack cocaine, plus weighing scales and drug packaging materials.

O'Neil Constantine Parchment, 52, was taken into custody and charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking, possession of a weapon and breach of recognizance.

The weapons charge resulted from a Gerber knife and X-acto knife allegedly found in Parchment's possession.

Parchment appears in Nanaimo provincial court Tuesday (Nov. 29).

A 40-year-old woman was also taken into custody and later released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Jan. 10 to face a recommended charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The other six people found in the home were released without charges.

Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said Parchment was arrested and convicted previously for drugs and other criminal behaviour.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

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