Nanaimo RCMP arrest suspects at gunpoint at Departure Bay ferry terminal

NANAIMO - Police execute high-risk arrest when suspects drive off ferry at Departure Bay terminal.

Nanaimo police had guns drawn as they halted a car coming off a ferry at Departure Bay Ferry Terminal on Monday.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, the action resulted in the arrests of two suspects. Police also seized drugs and cash.

“We had two males, both with warrants, coming off the ferry, going on information that they were in possession of drugs and possibly firearms,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

The possibility of the suspects possessing firearms meant police executed a “high-risk take-down” with guns drawn.

The RCMP coordinated with B.C. Ferries to hold traffic in the terminal until the arrest could be made. The suspects’ car was halted just before it turned onto Brechin Road.

“Traffic was held off, allowing three of our vehicles to move in to effectively stop the vehicle and take the two males into custody,” O’Brien said.

Police seized 28 grams of heroin, fentanyl, about 250 grams of methamphetamine, $1,000 in cash, cellphones and other paraphernalia.

O’Brien said no firearms were found in the vehicle.

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