A report was received from a concerned citizen in April of possible drug dealing activities at a residence in the 100 block of Lurline avenue. It appeared that there was constant vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area which caught the attention of residents.
Members of the Saanich Police Street Crime Unit were assigned to investigate. Surveillance was deployed and it was confirmed by officers that indeed there was an unusual amount of vehicle traffic in and around the area.
On July 12th, surveillance officers were deployed into the area. They observed what appeared to be multiple drug transactions involving pedestrians and motorists. At about, 8:30pm, a male felt to be a purchaser was taken into custody and found in possession of a small amount of cocaine. The alleged trafficker was arrested a few minutes later in the area.
As a result of cumulative observations, just after midnight on July 13th, a search warrant was granted for the residence. Multiple officers executed the warrant and a small amount of heroin and cocaine was recovered.
Arrested was a 38 year old resident of the home with a history of drug trafficking offences. Charges of trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for trafficking are being prepared by investigators. The male was released with documents for a future court appearance.
If you feel that someone is dealing drugs in your neighbourhood, you are encouraged to contact the Saanich Police directly or Crimestoppers.