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Result of two-hour Saanich standoff: No guns but plenty of cocaine

Dec 09 2011

A search for firearms that sparked a standoff in Saanich Thursday night didn’t turn up any guns but police did locate a large amount of cocaine.

The two-hour standoff at a home on Mildred Street Thursday forced residents to stay in their homes and blocked traffic to the normally quiet block.

Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen said officers planned to search the home next to Knockan Hill Park after officers received information there were firearms inside.

“We were waiting for a search warrant, and we went there in advance to contain the house, to make sure nobody left or went in,” Jantzen said.

The occupants, who turned out to be a 21-year-old man and his mother, did not respond well, Jantzen said. He said the man is well-known to police.

“We made contact inside and they weren’t overly co-operative,” Jantzen said.

“Because it was about firearms and unco-operative people, it was treated like an armed and barricaded situation.”

The prospect of finding firearms also meant the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team was called. Some surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution.

The incident unfolded between 5 and 6 p.m., and was resolved by about 8 p.m. Once the search warrant arrived, the man gave himself up. Police negotiators were in contact with him throughout.

Officers were on scene until the early morning hours Friday.

Jantzen said a B.C. Transit bus was on the scene during the situation to provide a warm place for witnesses and evacuees.

The 21-year-old resident was arrested and is facing drug possession charges.

jwbell@timescolonist.com