Nanaimo RCMP say five people with ties to the Red Scorpions gang were arrested on Sunday, in a targeted operation to counter street and mid-level drug dealers.
Const. Gary O’Brien said that the arrests happened at around 5 p.m. PT, four of them occurring during vehicle stops on Nottingham Drive, while the fifth happened on Hammond Bay Road.
In the five vehicles, police found a total of $60,000 in Canadian currency, 10 ounces of crack cocaine and two ounces of heroin.
On Monday, a search of a home connected to the individuals in the 400 block of Nottingham Drive, uncovered another $6,000, 1.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, and a small amount of cocaine.
O'Brien said the five arrested were all between the ages of 21 and 27, and were held overnight and released Monday pending their court dates.
"No further arrests are expected and our investigators believe these arrests and seizure of cash and drugs will have a significant impact on the sale and distribution of drugs in the Nanaimo area,” O’Brien said in a written statement.
No charges have yet been laid. The first court date set is Jan. 14, 2014.
The Red Scorpions were allegedly formed in 2000 at a Vancouver-area young offenders' facility, when a group of incarcerated youths decided to start a gang to work in the illegal drug trade.
Alleged members of the Vancouver-based gang have been arrested in Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island in the past and brought to court to face drug charges.