Nanaimo city council voted unanimously to classify 5350 Metral Dr. as a nuisance, meaning that the property owner or the person causing the disturbance can be charged for all or part of the cost of service calls to the address. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

Nanaimo billing ‘drug and theft house’ for police calls

City takes steps under nuisance property bylaw

A home described by police as a “drug and theft house” has been declared a nuisance property by the City of Nanaimo.

City council, at its regular meeting Monday at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, voted unanimously to classify 5350 Metral Dr. as a nuisance, meaning that the property owner, occupier or the person causing the disturbance can be charged for all or part of the cost of service calls to the address in the future.

Dave Laberge, city manager of community safety, told council that police records indicate 58 calls to the property since 2009, including 20 calls in 2018, 10 of which were considered nuisance calls.

His staff report noted that RCMP have advised of suspected drug trafficking and movement of stolen property at the Metral house.

“[There are] things such as constant vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic at all hours of the day and night associated with suspected drug trafficking, and flowing from that were incidents of vandalism, theft and prowling in the neighbourhood,” said Laberge.

He added that there have been people living in trailers parked on the property, barking dogs and yelling and fighting.

“Most recently, I’m told that an individual came to the yard with a bat calling out occupants of the house to come out,” Laberge said.

Nanaimo RCMP busted the house at the beginning of November, finding suspected opioids, cocaine and methamphetamine, and arrested two women on drug-related charges. The day before, two men were arrested after allegedly leaving the house in a truck bearing stolen licence plates; one was charged with drug and firearm-related offences.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Colwood man to ride 400 kilometres to fight kids cancer

Man riding for a beloved family member who died from leukemia at 13-years-old

Saanich woman completes 10 marathons, raises double her initial goal amount

Over $20,000 raised for Victoria Hospitals Foundation

UPDATED: Missing 25-year-old Saanich woman found Saturday

Yuhan Jin thought to be travelling by foot or bus, carrying two suitcases

Victoria program helps businesses shift swiftly in wake of COVID-19

Bring Back Victoria helps businesses open patios, create welcoming, safe spaces for customers

Peninsula businesses launch amidst COVID-19

New music school, martial arts studio, pet food store, welcomed with warm community response

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

Travel restrictions inspiring co-operation in border communities

Small border towns are asking for exemption to travel ban

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

Woman arrested near Nanaimo beach after alleged road rage incidents

37-year-old woman facing charges including assault, assaulting a police officer, impaired driving

All inquiry recommendations implemented after fatal Port Hardy RCMP shooting: Ministry

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. cleared the RCMP officers involved of wrongdoing

Leave your deets when dining: Restaurants taking personal info to trace COVID-19

Health officials say indoor dining presents a higher risk

Raptors kneel for both American and Canadian anthems ahead of tipoff

Majority of players have substituted their names on the backs of their jerseys with racial and social justice messages

Most Read