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Replica submachine gun among items seized in drug probe

Two arrested as homes in Langford and Victoria and a vehicle searched

West Shore RCMP seized drugs including fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine along with three replica firearms during an ongoing investigation that began in December. One of the replica weapons is a submachine gun.

The Drugs and Organized Crime Unit made the finds while executing search warrants. Police said two homes, one in Langford and one in Victoria, and a vehicle were among the searches.

Thousands of unmarked pills, 24 ounces of powder suspected to be steroids, an extendable baton, bear spray and $9,000 in cash were also seized.

A 24-year-old man and a 28-year-old man, both Langford residents, were arrested for trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking.

They were released from custody, with charges expected once the investigation is complete.

“This investigation and the seizure of these drugs will impact the drug trade in the Greater Victoria area,” said Cpl. Kevin Pollock, in charge of the Drugs and Organized Crime Unit. “We want to thank the many West Shore RCMP officers, as well as the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, who assisted in ensuring the safe execution of these warrants.