An intelligence-led project targeting drug trafficking in the northern region of Vancouver Island has ended in four search warrants being executed, multiple drugs and weapons being seized, and eight people facing multiple criminal charges.
On Tuesday September 9th, 2014, the RCMP Island District General Investigation Section (IDGIS) launched a targeted project aimed at illicit drug trafficking within the communities of Port Hardy and Port McNeill. IDGIS in partnership with the Port Hardy and Port McNeill RCMP Detachments identified multiple individuals believed to be actively involved in the street level drug trade. As a result of evidence gathered during a five day period (September 9-13), investigators obtained four search warrants which were executed at the following locations on September 13th, 2014:
- 7300 block of Pine Drive, Port Hardy
- 2500 block of Cassiar Place, Port McNeill
- 7300 block of Highland Drive, Port Hardy
- 7000 block of Highview Road, Port Hardy
The search warrant results are currently being processed, but preliminary information shows over $35,000 in Canadian currency was seized, quantities of cocaine (crack cocaine), morphine, marihuana, pills believed to be Fentanyl, firearms, cell phones and other items commonly used in the trade of illegal drugs.
The efforts of our local and regional police officers have resulted in eight people facing criminal charges and four suspected drug houses being raided, states S/Sgt. Gord Brownridge, Commander of the Port Hardy RCMP.
We will be keeping up our efforts towards identifying, arresting, and charging suspected drug traffickers in our communities. If you are involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs, you can expect to see a lot more of us in your future.
– Contributed by the RCMP.