Thursday, February 9, 2017

Drug cash found stuffed into concrete blocks in Saanich yard

Thick wads of $100 and $50 bills were found stuffed in concrete blocks in the backyard of a Saanich home, totalling $1,144,545. Police believe the cash is proceeds from a drug operation.

Drugs were also found at an outbuilding in the Shawnigan Lake rental home as police dismantled the clandestine drug lab.

Police seized cocaine, methamphetamine, thousands of doses of GHB, steroids and pill presses.
Four people have been arrested. One of the suspects is a woman who used her biology and chemistry courses from Vancouver Island University to help produce counterfeit prescription drugs and steroids, the ingredients for which were smuggled into Canada from China.

Meagan Breanna Blake, Christopher Paul Hyland and James Rempel were arrested in a traffic stop in Langford. Another search yielded 2 kilograms of cocaine and charges against Alexander Djafar-Zade. Investigators would not confirm a link to organized crime, but they did seize a cut identifying the group as “Deadratz Victoria” with a patch that says “president” and “founder.” The vest belonged to Djafar-Zade. His motorcycle was also seized.