Search turns up drugs, cash for Nanaimo RCMP

NANAIMO – House was searched in relation to alleged abduction attempt.

A police search of a home connected to an alleged attempted abduction turned up a large quantity of heroin, crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine and powdered cocaine.

Nanaimo Monties searched the townhouse, located on the 1400 block of Jingle Pot Road, Wednesday at about 3:30 p.m. where they found the drugs, worth about $100,000, plus more than $14,000 in Canadian cash.

The investigation was sparked Tuesday when several suspects wearing masks tried to force two men into a van in downtown Nanaimo. One victim escaped, but the second was taken and found by police several hours later with non life-threatening injuries near the Jingle Pot home. Police arrested four suspects allegedly connected to the abduction.

One woman, 25, and a man, 31, were among those arrested in connection with the attempted abduction and now face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. Police are also recommending an additional charge of personation against the female for allegedly using stolen identification to secure the lease for the Jingle Pot townhouse. The identification used was reported stolen from a parked car in Nanaimo several months earlier.

Both suspects will making their first appearance in Nanaimo provincial court in January.

More charges could result from the seizure of drugs and the investigation, including the abduction attempt, is continuing. No charges have been laid in that matter.

Police found one of the two vehicles allegedly used in the abduction attempt, a 2014 GMC Terrain, behind the Ivy Hawk gas station in Ladysmith on Tuesday, but are still looking for a grey Toyota Sienna with B.C. license plate 649 MPN.