Cowichan Bay raid nets pot, meth, weapon

A variety of drugs and an unspecified weapon were seized by police in a raid on a Cowichan Bay home last Thursday, and officers arrested a suspect the following day.

On May 7, the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP executed a search warrant on a home in the 2200 block of Jimmy Road as part of an investigation by the detachment’s Street Crimes Unit. Because they expected to find weapons and drugs inside, the Island Emergency Response team assisted with the search.

"When our officers entered the home, they found it unoccupied, but a large quantity of marijuana, methamphetamine, other drug trafficking materials, and a weapon were seized," North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Chris Swain said.

On May 8, 33-year-old Duncan resident Joseph Smith was arrested by the Street Crimes Unit. According to police, he was in possession of several bags of cocaine, heroin and meth when he was arrested.

Smith appeared in Duncan Provincial Court on Monday and was remanded into custody until Thursday of this week. He is facing charges of possession of four types of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of a prohibited weapon when prohibited from doing so by the courts.

"Our Street Crimes Unit continues to focus their efforts on dismantling and disrupting criminal activity in the Valley, and arresting those involved in it," detachment commander Insp. Ray Carfantan said.

Anyone with information about this incident or other criminal activity in the area should contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).