Nanaimo mounties nab fake guns and real drugs

Police netted drugs and replica handguns when they raided a suspected drug dealer's apartment early Thursday.

Police netted drugs and replica handguns in a raid of a suspected drug dealer’s apartment early Thursday.

Mounties, including the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team, carried out the search warrant at 2 a.m. in the 300 block of Holly Avenue, arresting a man, 27, and a woman, 19.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said in a press release the ERT was brought in because of the volatile nature of people involved in the drug culture and the possibility of weapons in the residence.

Members found a rifle lying on a couch between the suspects when they entered. The weapon was later determined to be a pellet rifle. Police also found a .45 calibre replica automatic pistol and a .357 style pellet pistol.

Approximately 12 grams of crack cocaine, eight grams of heroin, several grams of marihuana and various prescription drugs, including oxycontin, morphine and methadone were also found.

The suspects remain in custody and police have recommended three charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking against both. Their names are being withheld until they are formally charged.