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Search warrant leads to drug charges

Jun 08 2012

A known drug trafficker with a history of violence and his associates are behind bars after a search warrant was executed on a downtown apartment Tuesday night, Victoria police said.

The 31-year-old man, known to police for a history of violence as well as drug offences, was arrested Tuesday as he left his apartment.

"Any member of our community is at risk with this guy around," said Victoria Const. Mike Russell. "It's awesome that we got information to get him off the street."

Police will recommend that the man not be released on bail.

"We will keep going after him as long as he keeps doing these things in our city or Esquimalt," Russell said.

"It's not so much the drugs; it's the fact he's such a violent guy."

Information to police that there may be a firearm in the apartment launched a weeklong investigation.

Also arrested after the search warrant was executed were two of the man's alleged associates.

Police said in their search of the apartment they found about $5,000 worth of cocaine and heroin. They didn't find a firearm.

Staff Sgt. Dave Brown said the force is glad the prolific offender is "back in custody and will continue to monitor and target his activities until things change."

The man is charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. The offences are alleged to have taken place on June 5.

He is being held in custody and is to appear in court on June 14.

A 30-year-old Saanich woman was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. She was released and will appear back in court at a later date.

A 22-year-old Campbell River man was released to be summonsed to court at a later date. He is also facing two counts each of possession of a controlled substance - heroin and cocaine - for the purpose of trafficking.

ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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