Tip about a dope deal ends in fight between cop and a male suspect busted

Police report. - submitted
Police report.
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A local bust during an alleged drug deal near Duncan reads like a scene from a John Wayne movie.

But the Mountie got his man — allegedly carrying two knives — after a fight Tuesday along the Cowichan Valley Trail near Cowichan Lake Road, explained Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.

It started with a 6 p.m. tip from a citizen who saw dope peddling between three males.

“They had seen what appeared to be a bag of marijuana,” said Stuart.

A male officer arrived, and found three males matching the reported description.

“During their subsequent arrest, the three males fled; one attempting to get onto a motorcycle,” Stuart explained.

The cop gave chase, knocking one guy off a motorcycle, but the suspect tried to climb back on.

The officer got him on the ground, but another person hit the Mountie from behind, knocked him off the suspect, then ran.

The Mountie fought with the suspect, and they both ended in a nearby creek.

The suspect got free and fled on foot.

The cop noticed the suspect was wearing a knife sheath, then found a large knife in the water.

Other officers arrived, chased the subject and arrested him near Ryall Road, where a second knife was found on him.

Charges are recommended against a 32-year-old Lake Cowichan male who had an outstanding warrant from Lake Cowichan, Stuart said.

He urged residents to report all suspicious activity to the RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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