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More details are coming in about a police raid of a Courtenay home that’s known to police.
It happened yesterday morning along the 1600 block of 20th Street.
RCMP Const. Monika Terragni said there were multiple arrests after police executed a search warrant.
“(The) unit there were assisted by frontline members, the island district emergency response team, the major crime unit, and some police dog services, as well,” Terragni told us yesterday afternoon.
“We did arrest several people while we were there, some of those people remain in custody at this time and we’re still there, gathering evidence and still executing that search warrant.”
The investigation was initiated by reports of suspicious and potentially criminal activity going on inside the home and in the area.
The volume and nature of the reports led the Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit to take on the investigation, which culminated in the search warrant.
“We’ve recovered property believed to be stolen, a firearm, ammunition, and a quantity of what is suspected to be controlled substances,” said Cpl. Jill Swann, Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit.
“The members of the Comox Valley RCMP are doing everything they can to address the complaints about this nuisance property, and are hopeful that collaboration with the City of Courtenay will lead to a successful outcome.”
All told, 19 people were arrested and several people are expected to face serious charges as a result.
On top of the the criminal charges being considered, investigators are looking into the possibility of fines associated to the violation of province-wide COVID-19 restrictions.
Investigators are continuing to comb through the evidence seized, and will be contacting owners of property believed to be stolen so that it can be returned.
The Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit says it will continue working in partnership with the City of Courtenay “to ensure the safety of the residence moving forward.”
Meanwhile, Terragni says the public’s help was an importance piece.
“Any attendance to that property or any property is the result of reports from the community,” Terragni said.
“It’s those reports that tell us where the problems are, and it’s those reports that really allowed the Comox Valley RCMP Street Crimes Unit to initiate a very focused investigation on the activities that were going on in the area of that residence.”