File # 12-32645
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Victoria BC – VicPD arrested two people at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal yesterday afternoon with a suitcase loaded with almost $50,000 worth of crack cocaine and methamphetamine.
Police arrested a 23-year-old Victoria man and a 26-year-old Sooke woman around 2:45 p.m. with assistance from the Sidney RCMP and B.C. Ferries security staff. The two were returning to Victoria on the 1 p.m. sailing out of Tsawwassen.
The arrest came as part of a month-long Strikeforce and Street Crime Unit investigation, who had the well-known Victoria drug dealer under surveillance as he went to Vancouver to re-load his supply. Police believe that the re-load came in anticipation of capitalizing on the downtown drug market when social assistance cheques would be issued Wednesday.
“The drug dealers targeted in this investigation feed on the addictions of those suffering homelessness and addictions in our community,” said Cst. Harvey Stevenson of VicPD’s Street Crime Unit. “We are happy to have this person in custody and these drugs off the street.”
Police seized 24 ounces of crack cocaine and 12 ounces of meth. These quantities would be broken down and sold on the streets for as little as $10 a hit.
The man arrested has a history over 24 previous convictions and nearly 200 police contacts. He was held in custody overnight and is due in court today for charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
His female accomplice was released on a promise to appear for November 7th.