Joint Project Ends with Three Men Facing Numerous Drug Charges
An investigation that targeted a drug trafficking network in the Comox Valley and the City of Nanaimo with links to gangs and organized crime, has been concluded by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – British Columbia and the Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section.
Twenty charges have been laid against three men, including trafficking in heroin and cocaine as a result of this joint CFSEU Vancouver Island and RCMP investigation.
“For the citizens of the Comox Valley these arrests and seizures will have a direct impact on our communities,” says Corporal Paul Douglas, Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section. “Removing guns and drugs from the street ensures that they will not be used in future crimes. This investigation demonstrates the commitment that the Comox Valley RCMP and CFSEU have to public safety, and shows the effectiveness of an integrated investigation.”
On June 19, 2010, officers executed three search warrants, two in the Comox Valley and one in Nanaimo. Seizures included a large amount of drugs, cash and 30 firearms. (See RCMP News Release Comox Valley RCMP June 23, 2010).
Charges have now been laid against Gregory Matthew Allen, 34, and 40-year-old, Joseph Donald Davidson. A third man is currently being sought by police.
“CFSEU not only serves major cities, but we also enter into partnerships that support smaller communities that are negatively impacted by organized crime groups,” says CFSEU Superintendent Pat Fogarty who is responsible for organized crime investigations within the unit. “These partnerships happen all over the province and they are working extremely well.”
Allen is facing four counts of trafficking heroin, five counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of possession of a restricted firearm. Davidson faces four counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.
This joint project also included assistance from the Criminal Intelligence Probe Team.
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