RCMP raided a trailer in Duncan in a drug bust in December, 2021. (Citizen file)

RCMP raided a trailer in Duncan in a drug bust in December, 2021. (Citizen file)

RCMP credit citizen reports for drug bust targeting Duncan trailer

One man was taken into custody and a drugs were seized

Complaints from neighbours led North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP to raid a drug operation in Duncan on Dec. 22, 2021.

Officers with the Street Crimes Unit and General Investigation Section, with support from the Island District Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant on a travel trailer parked behind a property in the area of Coronation and Howard avenues.

One man was taken into custody and a drugs were seized. The investigation is ongoing.

“We received a number of complaints of possible drug trafficking from the trailer; with the information provided by the neighbourhood and additional efforts on our part, we were successful in getting a search warrant to further our drug trafficking investigation,” siad Const. Brian Smith. “I credit those citizens who took the time to report suspicious activity to the police as well as the work that Duncan bylaw officers did in the area. This was definitely a joint effort.”

This kind of collaboration to reduce crime in the troubled Trans-Canada Highway corridor is important, said Inspector Chris Bear, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment Commander.

The area has been plagued with drugs, homelessness, and attendant crime that have caused fear and anger for both residents and businesses, prompting measures from RCMP, the Municipality of North Cowichan, City of Duncan and Cowichan Tribes.

“Our Street Crew Unit and General Investigation Section have done an outstanding job on this investigation. It is extremely important for us to stop illicit drug trafficking operations,” said Bear.

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