A 40-year-old man with alleged ties to the Red Scorpions gang on the Lower Mainland was arrested last week in Sidney for drug possession.
In November, police received information that the man was believed to be involved in the drug trade and had ties to the Vancouver-based gang.
Officers with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Island District (CFSEU-BC) launched an investigation.
On Jan. 3 the man was identified travelling to Mission to meet with associates of the Red Scorpions. He caught a ferry back to Victoria that evening and was arrested by the RCMP Emergency Response Team as he exited the ferry.
Approximately eight-and-a-half ounces of cocaine, 30 grams of heroin and “an assortment of rock cocaine” were seized from his vehicle, according to a CFSEU-BC release.
“A room at the Cherry Tree Motel in Saanich being used by the male was also searched and further evidence was located,” the release read.
The man, currently a Lower Mainland resident, was released from custody on conditions. Possession charges have been forward to Crown and he is scheduled to appear in court some time in March.