Dozens of kilos of methamphetamine were seized during the bust that saw charges laid against a Saanich man. (File Photo)

Case for accused Saanich drug smuggler pushed to Supreme Court of B.C.

William Martin Barnes faces 11 charges

The case for a Saanich man facing drug smuggling charges will be heard in B.C.’s Supreme Court.

Saanich resident William Milton Barnes, 51, and Gary Horton of Washington State were charged in April 2018 after a six-month Canada-U.S. investigation that saw dozens of kilos of narcotics and weapons seized.

RELATED: Saanich man arrested in cross-border drug smuggling operation

Barnes was in Victoria Law Courts in November 2018 where his charges were pushed forward to the Supreme Court of B.C.

His court date is now set for Oct. 15.

Barnes is facing 11 charges including importing cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession of trafficking methamphetamine, possession for the purpose of trafficking heroin, two counts of possession of a prohibited large capacity magazine and possession of proceeds of a crime.

Barnes was arrested in February 2017 after officials intercepted a shipment of narcotics coming by boat from the U.S. into the south coast of Vancouver Island.

When they searched his Saanich home, police discovered large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. They also seized 15 firearms, more than $150,000 in cash, a large capacity magazine and two high-speed boats.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Casting call for Big Brother Canada happens in downtown Victoria

Auditions are Friday afternoon at Darcy’s Pub from 4 to 7 p.m.

Greens want climate protection added to international trade agreements

Green Party leader Elizabeth May campaigns in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Campaign brings NDP leader Jagmeet Singh through downtown Nanaimo

Singh says his party has ‘momentum’ heading into election day

Island Health warns of whooping cough at Vancouver Island school

Island Health is urging parents to watch out for signs, and to keep immunizations updated

Victoria requests cruise ship visit cap while seeking limit on ship emissions

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

18-year-old man stabbed near Langford bus exchange

The West Shore RCMP is looking for witnesses to the Oct. 11 incident

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

Proposed student air travel student ban has them arguing in Parksville

Some Qualicum district students believe motion takes away too much from experience at school

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Explosion, fire sends woman running from Saanich home

Heavy smoke in the area, crews on scene

Pacific FC parts ways with head coach before season’s end

Club says the parting is mutual and takes effect immediately

Most Read