On April 30, 2020, at 2:00 am a Saanich Police officer was parked on the side of the road when a passing vehicle swerved and nearly struck his police car. Suspecting the driver of that vehicle might be impaired, the officer stopped the car in the 3400 block of Douglas Street and while speaking to the driver the officer noticed a small package of drugs in plain sight. The driver was arrested, and a subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of drugs believed to be fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, drug packaging materials and also a conducted energy weapon. The driver also failed a roadside sobriety test, which resulted in a 24-hour driving suspension and vehicle impound.
On April 2, 2020, at 8:00 pm Saanich Police stopped a vehicle in the same area related to a weapons complaint. The driver was arrested, and a search of that vehicle located several drugs believed to be methamphetamine and cocaine. They were packaged and ready for sale on the street, along with over $1000 in cash. That driver is facing charges related to drug trafficking and driving while prohibited.
“The details of both files indicate that they were actively out selling drugs,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “It’s a good day for police when we are able to stop the trafficking of drugs, especially when it comes to the seizure of fentanyl, as we are all aware of the devastation this drug has caused in our province.”
Cst. Markus Anastasiades