Suspected Nanaimo drug dealer crashes sports car and drives off with two bricks of cocaine – Campbell River Mirror
A Nanaimo man is facing drug charges after police allegedly found him holding two bricks of cocaine following a car accident.
According to a Nanaimo RCMP news release, the suspect was arrested with approximately two kilograms of suspected cocaine after being involved in a motor vehicle accident that occurred around 7:45 p.m. on April 16 at the intersection Estevan and Departure Bay roads.
Police received several calls about the crash from witnesses who said the driver of the vehicle crawled out of the wreckage and fled on foot. Several witnesses kept tabs on the driver and provided information on the suspect’s movement and location, and officers caught up with the suspect minutes later in the Brooks Landing mall parking lot.
“Officers initially detained the driver for driving while impaired by alcohol; however, their attention was quickly diverted after seeing that he was literally holding two bricks of suspected cocaine in his hands,” the statement noted.
The drugs, which later weighed two kilograms, were seized, as was the new model Jaguar convertible which was towed from the scene of the accident.
Nicholas Harris, 43, of Nanaimo, was arrested and released later the same evening and appeared in court on June 10, when he was charged with one count of possession of drugs for the purpose of traffic. His next court appearance is scheduled for late August.
“The officers who located the suspect were stunned to find the suspect with such a large amount of illegal drugs,” the reserve constable said. Gary O’Brien, spokesperson for the Nanaimo RCMP, in the release. “Officers also wish to express their sincere appreciation to bystanders who assisted officers by remaining on scene and providing real-time updates that allowed investigators to locate the suspect quickly and efficiently, before he has the ability to hide or destroy the drug.”
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