Police in Central Saanich have arrested the driver of a truck and trailer who allegedly was carrying a supply of illegal drugs they believe was bound for an electronic music festival in Victoria.
According to The Times-Colonist, police arrested the 28-year-old man who they allege was on his way to 22nd annual Shambhala music festival in Salmo.
The search warrant executed on the truck resulted in the seizure of drugs believed to be cocaine, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), methamphetamine, LSD, Xanax and other pharmaceuticals, police said per the newspaper.
As well, cash, drug packaging material and scales were seized in the bust.
According to a statement by the Central Saanich Police, the man, who police did not name, was the focus of a months-long investigation that in the last 8 months, has resulted in the seizure of approximately $75,000 worth of illicit drugs, $36,000 in cash, 19 cell phones, and 9 vehicles.
In a statement to the Times-Colonist, Shambhala festival founder Jimmy Bundschuh said that drugs are definitely unwelcomed at the festival.
“Drugs are not just a problem for music festivals but for our society as a whole,” Bundschuh told the newspaper. “Our security team conducts searches and investigations of incoming vehicles to seize any illegal substances.”
The man was previously arrested twice in connection with alleged drug trafficking, with the cases still pending in court.