Third big drug bust within a month

Hard drugs and thousands in cash seized during two raids in Campbell River

The Mounties scored big again to complete a drug bust trifecta.

For the third time within a month’s time, Campbell River RCMP came away with variety of drugs and another wad of cash, following a raid at two city residences. The busts occurred March 13, when officers seized heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and more than $42,000 in cash.

“This is the third large drug bust in Campbell River in only a month,” Cpl. Poppy Hallam said in a news release. “We have a dedicated team of officers working in intelligence and enforcement, and their hard work is paying off.”

On March 1, police seized 75 grams of heroin, an assortment of other drugs and $226,000 from Carlyle Crescent residence. One man was arrested and is facing trafficking charge.

On Feb. 15, Mounties seized 11 ounces of cocaine and $159,000z during a bust of residence located in the vicinity of Alder Street and Coronation Crescent. Three people were arrested in that raid and are currently awaiting trial dates on trafficking charges.

During the March 13 raids, Cuong Luong, 51, of Campbell River was arrested and charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.He was also charged with breaching conditions of his bail order which stems from previous drug charge currently before the courts.

He appeared in provincial court on Monday, and is currently in custody. Luong’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 5.

Thi Ngo, 41, was also arrested and charged with breach. She too is facing a previous drug charge. Ngo is presently free on bail and is due back in court on Monday.