A false report of a kidnapping has resulted in the arrests of four people and the seizure of what North Vancouver RCMP call a "substantial" amount of illicit drugs from a warehouse near the north end of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
Police went to the warehouse in the 1500-block of Richmond Street at around 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 after someone reported a man being held there had been kidnapped at gunpoint.
Two vehicles were seen leaving the building and the occupants were arrested in Vancouver with the assistance of Vancouver police.
Cash and drugs, including marijuana and magic mushrooms, were seized from the warehouse, according to a release from North Vancouver RCMP. Police said it appears the location was being used to store and package drugs to be shipped and sold on the streets.
North Vancouver RCMP spokesman Const. Mansoor Sahak said investigators have not found any evidence a kidnapping actually occurred and now believe the call to police was a "false flag" intended to target the drug operation.
Two men from Surrey are facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. A woman and man who were also arrested have been released but could still face charges, according to Sahak.