Traffic stop nets drugs, stolen property

Officers with the Regional Crime Unit seized three ornately carved chests from a View Royal home on Monday

Officers with the Regional Crime Unit seized three ornately carved chests from a View Royal home on Monday

The Regional Crime Unit has broken up a drug-dealing and stolen property operation in View Royal thanks to a traffic stop Monday morning.

Victoria officers pulled over a suspicious vehicle just after 3 a.m., and spotted the driver allegedly hiding items throughout his car.

The 36-year-old View Royal male driver, who police say is a well-known drug dealer, and a 27-year-old Esquimalt woman were arrested after police say they found evidence of drug dealing inside the car.

The Regional Crime Unit promptly took over the case, and searched the male suspect’s home in the 200-block of Island Hwy.

Five people were arrested inside. Police also seized three ornately carved wooden boxes, one containing thousands of dollars in cocaine, hash, methamphetamine, ecstasy and packaging.

“The Regional Crime Unit is now busy cataloguing all of the stolen property and drugs as this file grows larger,” Victoria police spokesperson Const. Mike Russell said in a statement.

Photos of the recovered property are available at www.facebook.com/VictoriaPoliceDepartment. To claim items, email Staff. Sgt. Gary Schenk at gary.schenk@regionalcrimeunit.ca.

 

emccracken@vicnews.com