Nanaimo police turn up drugs, weapons and stolen goods during search

NANAIMO – Police tally collection from search warrants in Harewood and Ladysmith last week.

Nanaimo Mounties have tallied up the inventory of drugs, weapons and stolen goods seized during two search warrants carried out in Harewood and Ladysmith last week.

The searches happened the morning of Dec. 4 when police brought in the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team and members of the RCMP’s clandestine lab unit to a house at 610 Harewood Rd. and a rural property on Prospect Drive in Ladysmith’s North Oyster district.

The investigation at the Harewood house turned up seven grams of heroin, 100 grams of cocaine, 245 grams of crystal methamphetamine and Oxycontin pills, plus 405 millilitres of steroids, Ativan and ecstasy. Also seized were scales, baggies, cell phones and money counters.

The Prospect Drive property yielded two loaded handguns with ammunition, one silencer and two crossbows, plus drugs including 400 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 650 grams of MDMA, a small quantity of crack cocaine and 250 grams of cocaine powder.  A stolen Bobcat, motorcycle, snow blower, three generators and chainsaws were also seized.

The RCMP bomb disposal unit was also brought in to dispose of a homemade pipe bomb in the residence.

RCMP clandestine lab members were at both locations to dismantle and remove four industrial size barrels of GHB and other chemicals used in the production of GHB. The chemicals will be stored and analyzed at an RCMP facility in the Lower Mainland.

Charges are pending against two men, age 39 and 36. The 36-year-old suspect was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court to face drug-related charges on March 31.

Police are still searching for the 39-year-old suspect.

The suspects’ names will be release when charges are formally approved by Crown counsel.

Five other adults were detained during the searches, but are not facing charges.