Drugs

Neighbours cheered as Mounties raided Nanaimo drug house June 10. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island Mounties shut down ‘problem drug house’ to sound of cheers

Neighbours cheer when RCMP move in on nuisance house near downtown Nanaimo evening of June 10

Neighbours cheered as Mounties raided Nanaimo drug house June 10. (Black Press file photo)
BC Centre for Disease Control naloxone kit (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)

Illicit-drug deaths up in B.C. and remain highest in Canada: chief coroner

More than 4,700 people have died of overdoses since B.C. declared a public health emergency in early 2016

BC Centre for Disease Control naloxone kit (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)
Victoria police are searching for two suspects after seizing multi-coloured drugs, cash, firearms and stolen items from a a unit on the 3200 block of Quadra Street. (File contributed/VicPD)

Victoria police seize colourful drugs, cash, guns, stolen items from Quadra residence

Search is on for Victoria man and woman in relation to the crimes

Victoria police are searching for two suspects after seizing multi-coloured drugs, cash, firearms and stolen items from a a unit on the 3200 block of Quadra Street. (File contributed/VicPD)
Police are investigating three individuals after a suspected drug dealer called West Shore RCMP to report having drugs and cash stolen in Colwood. (Black Press Media file photo)

Suspected drug dealer calls West Shore RCMP after being robbed

Police investigating three individuals after the April 28 incident

Police are investigating three individuals after a suspected drug dealer called West Shore RCMP to report having drugs and cash stolen in Colwood. (Black Press Media file photo)
CBSA seized a shipment of 106 kilograms of methamphetamine at the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility. (CBSA photo)

CBSA seizes 106-kg meth shipment from Mexico at B.C. examination facility

Drugs have an estimated value of $13.5 million

CBSA seized a shipment of 106 kilograms of methamphetamine at the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility. (CBSA photo)
FILE - The sign at the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary, is shown on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland)

Alberta man who took magic mushrooms found not guilty of assaulting professor

Judge accepted that Matthew Brown didn’t remember the attack and found him not guilty

FILE - The sign at the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary, is shown on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland)
RCMP on scene along Hammond Bay Road, where special units executed a warrant at a drug lab. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

RCMP special units bust drug lab in Nanaimo

Three suspects in custody after search warrants executed at two residences

RCMP on scene along Hammond Bay Road, where special units executed a warrant at a drug lab. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Police seized more than 55 kilograms of cocaine, 47 kilograms of methamphetamine, one kilogram of heroin, 15 firearms, $150,000 in cash and a large-capacity magazine from the home of William Milton Barnes. Lawyers made a joint submission for a nine-year jail sentence for the Saanich man, who plead guilty to four of 11 charges against him. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)

Nine-year jail sentence proposed for Saanich cross-border drug smuggler

William Milton Barnes pleaded guilty to three charges related to drug delivery

Police seized more than 55 kilograms of cocaine, 47 kilograms of methamphetamine, one kilogram of heroin, 15 firearms, $150,000 in cash and a large-capacity magazine from the home of William Milton Barnes. Lawyers made a joint submission for a nine-year jail sentence for the Saanich man, who plead guilty to four of 11 charges against him. (Kat Slepian/Black Press Media)
Carson Crimeni (file)

No negligence in RCMP actions in B.C. teen’s overdose death: Watchdog

Police acted properly when they responded to the first reports of the boy being in distress

Carson Crimeni (file)
Seven of the nine vehicles seized by Central Saanich Police, during a months-long investigation. (Central Saanich Police Submission)

Dealer arrested, cash, nine vehicles and festival-bound drugs seized

Dealer busted en route to electronic music festival

Seven of the nine vehicles seized by Central Saanich Police, during a months-long investigation. (Central Saanich Police Submission)
A new testing device is likely to be approved in the next few days but critics are wary. (Peninsula News Review File)

New roadside testing device can’t identify drug impairment says Vancouver lawyer

Lawyer says similar devices vulnerable to court challenge, testing for drugs different to alcohol

A new testing device is likely to be approved in the next few days but critics are wary. (Peninsula News Review File)
Central Saanich Police seized a significant quantity of drugs and money from a residence on Keating Cross Road. (File photo)

Central Saanich Police seize $50,000 worth of drugs, $35,000 in cash

A 28-year-old man is in custody after a search warrant was executed in the 1500-block of Keating Cross Road

Central Saanich Police seized a significant quantity of drugs and money from a residence on Keating Cross Road. (File photo)
Drugs, knives, cash seized by Victoria Police at downtown address

Drugs, knives, cash seized by Victoria Police at downtown address

A man and woman are in custody, facing nine charges

Drugs, knives, cash seized by Victoria Police at downtown address
Three Victoria needle-prick incidents in the past week affecting unsuspecting members of the public led Island Health to call a meeting for this week with various downtown service providers and harm reduction operators. The hope is to find ways of reducing the number of needles found in public spaces. File photo

UPDATE: Island Health says no need for alarm over needle prick incidents in Victoria

Briefing followed meeting between Island Health, downtown service providers

Three Victoria needle-prick incidents in the past week affecting unsuspecting members of the public led Island Health to call a meeting for this week with various downtown service providers and harm reduction operators. The hope is to find ways of reducing the number of needles found in public spaces. File photo
VicPD investigators processing exhibits in drug processing room. Photo courtesy VicPD

Carfentanil confirmed for first the time in Victoria

Carfentanil discovered by police after analyzing drug haul in Langford

VicPD investigators processing exhibits in drug processing room. Photo courtesy VicPD
Dante Givens of Jurassic 5 performs before thousands at Rifflandia in 2016 at Royal Athletic Park. Island Health, in conjunction with music festival organizers, has released a list of tips for the safe use of drugs for concert goers who choose to use them. Arnold Lim/Black Press

Island Health takes proactive steps to reduce drug overdoses at music festivals

Tips list added to supports already in place by festival organizers

Dante Givens of Jurassic 5 performs before thousands at Rifflandia in 2016 at Royal Athletic Park. Island Health, in conjunction with music festival organizers, has released a list of tips for the safe use of drugs for concert goers who choose to use them. Arnold Lim/Black Press
Jarred Aasen, a pharmacist at the STS Pain Pharmacy in Victoria, demonstrates how he tests drug samples for fentanyl. Most recently, the pharmacy has detected the presence of fentanyl in more hard drugs such as MDMA, cocaine and crystal meth. Victoria News file photo

More fentanyl being found in MDMA, crystal meth in Victoria

Downtown pharmacy testing street drugs for fentanyl free for users

Jarred Aasen, a pharmacist at the STS Pain Pharmacy in Victoria, demonstrates how he tests drug samples for fentanyl. Most recently, the pharmacy has detected the presence of fentanyl in more hard drugs such as MDMA, cocaine and crystal meth. Victoria News file photo
The potential presence of fentanyl in cocaine is just one of the risks facing those who choose to ingest drugs. At an upcoming talk May 9 at Royal Bay secondary, parents will hear strategies for talking to their children about drugs. iStock Photo 

STRAIGHT TALK: Drug awareness discussion set for Colwood

Royal Bay secondary event offers tips for parent/child conversations about drugs

The potential presence of fentanyl in cocaine is just one of the risks facing those who choose to ingest drugs. At an upcoming talk May 9 at Royal Bay secondary, parents will hear strategies for talking to their children about drugs. iStock Photo