Nanaimo, BC – On Thursday May 25th, the Nanaimo RCMP Projects Teams with the assistance of the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team (ERT) arrested 5 adults and carried out two search warrants of a local business and residence. Seized was 2 ounces of suspected opioids, 3 ounces of cocaine, 8.5 ounces of methamphetamine, and numerous weapons and over $24,000 in cash.
The searches were focussed on a central Nanaimo motel and a residence on Beavercreek Crescent. Due to the possibility of weapons being present at both locations ERT was utilized. Of the 5 arrested two remain in custody while the others have been released on various conditions and are expected to return to court in late June.
Curtis HOULE 32, Michael BYRNE 39, Bailey MARTIN 23, Kelsie BOUTILIER 18 and Gerald JOHNSON 32 have all been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. JOHNSON has also been charged with Possession of a prohibited device (Tazer). Along with the Tazer also seized was a cross bow, numerous knives, batons, replica guns and an Uzi pellet gun and ammunition.
“Though this seizure is significant, many other illicit drug markets continue to operate in Nanaimo. The harm that opioids are causing in our city remains steady and these operations will remain a priority for drug enforcement officers. The seizure of these weapons is also a reminder that the drug trade operates on a premise of violence and intimidation in the community they operate from,” said Sergeant Rob Christenson of the Nanaimo Projects Team.
File # 2017-14817