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Sidney RCMP seize 12kg of cocaine

Jan 11 2012

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP have seized 12 kilograms of cocaine — with a street-level value of $630,000 — from two Saanich men driving off the ferry from the Mainland.

It’s one of the largest drug busts in the small police department’s history, said spokesman Cpl. Chris Swain, adding it’s a huge setback for organized criminals on the Lower Island.

“It is a large and significant seizure,” he said. “So it’s a huge blow to organized crime and the street-level drug scene in Victoria.”

Police received information that a vehicle loaded with cocaine was arriving at the Swartz Bay terminal, from the 3 p.m. sailing from Tsawwassen on Thursday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m., several officers surrounded a white pickup truck heading south on the Pat Bay Highway, just before the turnoff to Sidney at McDonald Park Road, Swain said.

Officers found the drugs in the pickup truck. Swain would not say if the drugs were hidden or if any cash was seized. Police did not find any weapons, he said.

Two Saanich men in their 20s were arrested and are facing charges of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Their names were not disclosed and the two were released on strict conditions pending a later court date.

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