Nanaimo, BC – Federal RCMP seized a large quantity of cocaine and two men now face charges in connection with the investigation into drug importation and trafficking.
In November 2019, a lengthy, complex investigation by BC RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime – Major Projects in Nanaimo culminated in the arrest of two individuals in connection with alleged drug importation. Searches of a commercial vehicle and secondary transport vehicle were conducted at the time of the arrests, which resulted in the seizure of the vehicles and 10 kgs of cocaine from an electronically-controlled compartment. Subsequent search warrants executed on properties related to the individuals resulted in the seizure of a small amount of cocaine and other paraphernalia commonly associated to drug trafficking.
“Drug traffickers use many tactics to prevent the detection of their illicit loads during transport,” said Supt. Richard Bergevin, Officer in Charge of the BC RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime – Major Projects. “This includes the use of increasingly sophisticated technologies to further conceal hidden compartments.”
Gerhard “Gary” Gunther Laufer is facing two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. Gerry David Allen Grieve is facing charges of Trafficking, Importation, and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. Both men are scheduled to appear in Court on April 27, 2021.
File # 2018-71
Federal Serious & Organized Crime (FSOC)
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