The North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP and Vancouver Island RCMP Emergency Response Team arrested a 24-year old Victoria woman during the search of a home on Cowichan Tribes Land.
The RCMP says the woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
The RCMP notes that in December, Cowichan Tribes declared a local State of Emergency stemming from overdose and drug trafficking issues.
As a result, the North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP launched Project E-PROVIDE to investigate the problem.
According to a news release from the RCMP, members of the Street Crime Unit led the investigation and “established evidence of illicit drug trafficking activity from a Statlou Road residence.”
With assistance from ERT officers a search warrant was used to gain entrance to the home.
Corporal Trevor March of the North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP Street Crime Unit says they encountered a “sophisticated surveillance system and a door that was specifically designed to aid with the drug trafficking activity,” as they entered the house.
Corporal March adds, drug trafficking in a residence has a significant negative impact on the surrounding neighbourhood.