2012-06-11 11:58 PDT
Chilliwack, BC: On June 5, 2012, the Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at two residences on Nowell Street in downtown Chilliwack that were suspected of being used to traffic drugs. As a result of those searches investigators have recovered a large quantity of illegal drugs, cash believed to be related to drug trafficking, a firearm, a number of dangerous or prohibited weapons as well as an explosive device.
Drug investigators had been following up on information that occupants of two units in an apartment building were selling illegal drugs from their homes. One Tuesday afternoon, the investigators were able to obtain a search warrant and enter the residences without incident. During the search, members located a fairly large quantity of street drugs as well as weapons and cash.
What was most surprising, says RCMP Sergeant Steve McLeod, who has recently been assigned as the CRU supervisor,
was the discovery of an explosive device that could have been used to cause significant injury to the occupants of those units or members of the public. Investigators suspect the explosive was likely stolen from a business involved in explosive work and eventually it made its way to the street.
Fortunately, our members were able to identify the device and ensure it was removed safely from the apartment without any further risk to the members or the occupants.
Two males and a female were arrested and have been released to appear in court at a later date.
The Crime Reduction Unit continues to actively investigate and target those people who continue to traffic drugs in this community, says Sergeant McLeod.
In this instance, we hope we have deterred these suspects from selling drugs from this particular residence and are hopeful that continued partnerships with the community will allow us to have more successes like this.
Sergeant Steve McLeod
NCO i/c Crime Reduction Unit
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment
Cpl. Tammy HollingsworthMedia Relations Officer