Substantial drug investigation in Duncan yields big results


2021-03-31 12:55 PDT

File # 2021-2531 CFSEU File #2021-10

On March 30th 2021 the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC), in partnership with the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, executed drug-related search warrants at a residence in Duncan that will likely impact the illegal drug trade and drug traffickers throughout Vancouver Island.

Organized crime, the illegal drug trade, and the individuals and groups associated have a presence throughout the province. Vancouver Island is no exception says Sgt Brenda Winpenny, spokesperson for the CFSEU-BC. The CFSEU-BC works tirelessly to support our policing partners in fulfilling its mandate to disrupt, suppress, investigate and prosecute those individuals that present the greatest risk to public safety.

The two residences searched were in close proximity to each other in a complex on Government Street. CFSEU-BC, the Duncan RCMP, and the City of Duncan Bylaws continue to work together and follow-up to determine any applicable unsafe property bylaws based on the evidence found at the scene.

This is a very positive outcome and a substantial seizure. With the ongoing opioid crisis in our communities, targeting those dealing the drugs has become a priority says North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment Commander Chris Bear. By working with specialized partners, like CFSEU-BC, in an effort to identify and target dealers, we can remove these deadly drugs from our streets and on Vancouver Island.

During the warrant execution various drugs, firearms, cell phones, evidence to support drug trafficking, and a substantial amount of currency was seized. Investigators are currently cataloguing and totalling up all the evidence, which is being handled in accordance with strict safety precautions, as it’s believed that fentanyl is one of the drugs found.

During the investigation there were several marked police cars parked near the scene, along with multiple police officers walking in full uniform patrolling the area for security. Despite this high amount of overt police presence, however, people did not seem deterred or concerned and continued to attempt to contact the residence in what investigators believe was efforts to buy illegal drugs.

Three suspects were arrested, with two remaining in custody. Currently, no charges have been approved, and their identities will not be released.

Released by

Cpl. Chris Manseau

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