North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP display items seized on June 30 as part of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation that started back in November 2018. (Submitted Photo)

RCMP seize fentanyl, weapons in Vancouver Island drug raids

Officers raided three properties in Chemainus and Crofton over the weekend

Police in the Cowichan Valley have seized drugs, guns and other items suspected of allegedly being used for trafficking after raiding three properties in Chemainus and Crofton over the weekend.

The locations of the raided properties were in the 1500 and 1700 block of Chaplain Street in Crofton, and 2800 block of Hillside Street in Chemainus.

Search warrants were executed by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP with the assistance of their Island District Emergency Response Team (ERT) on June 30. The warrants were to seize evidence used in the trafficking of fentanyl including drugs, packaging and money.

“The RCMP recognizes the impact fentanyl has had on the Cowichan Valley and the number of overdoses and deaths it has caused. As part of our commitment to address the fentanyl crisis, the North Cowichan Duncan RCMP initiated this project to hold those accountable for making money off this deadly drug,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Swain.

“We believe the bulk amounts of crystal meth and fentanyl were intended for sale to other drug dealers in the area. These amounts would then be sold to local users. The amount seized represents over 15,000 individual doses of crystal meth and over 10,000 doses of fentanyl.”

The search warrants and subsequent investigation resulted in the seizure of:

  • Over 2 pounds of crystal meth
  • A pound and a half of fentanyl
  • 8 firearms including long guns, hand guns and a loaded shot gun
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Cash, packaging and other items used in the drug trade

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Street Crime Unit began the lengthy investigation back in February 2018 targeting drug traffickers operating throughout the Cowichan Valley.

Taygen Mitchell Butler, 23, James Otis Downey, 22, Christopher Lee Hamilton, 41, and Timothy James Greer, 43, have all been charged with Trafficking and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA).

RCMP said trafficking charges are expected for nine other people, while various firearms offences are also being recommended to the Crown.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP display items seized on June 30 as part of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation that started back in November 2018. (Submitted Photo)

Just Posted

City of Nanaimo issues building permit for Gordon Street hotel

Ground-breaking for $21-million project anticipated this spring

Vancouver Island Brewing puts Nanaimo bar on tap

Beer based on signature Nanaimo dessert flying off liquor retailers’ shelves

Former executive director no longer with Pacifica Housing

Operator of Labieux Road and Uplands Walk housing shifts leadership

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sidewalk snow clearing needs to be prioritized

Hope and patience isn’t solving the problem, says letter writer

Governance top of mind as Nanaimo council works on its strategic plan

Council working with facilitator to develop draft plan, public consultation still to come

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 21

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

Former National Ballet principal dancer will hold classes in Nanaimo

Goh begins her cross-Canada Masterclass Series tour at Kirkwood Academy

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

NDSS senior girls win Vancouver Island basketball championship

Nanaimo District wins first AAA girls’ Island title in 29 years

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Most Read