On the evening of April, 28, police were on the scene at the Travelodge in Sidney to investigate after discovering suspicious articles in a room on the third floor. Corporal Erin Fraser with Sidney North Saanich RCMP said there was a noxious smell to the room. A 42-year old Victoria area male resident was taken into custody with charges pending. Fraser said the individual is familiar to police.
Central Saanich Police Police, Sidney North Saanich RCMP, Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, BC Hazmat and members of the BC RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response Team (from the mainland) were all on the scene. The Travelodge was temporarily evacuated until deemed safe for re-entry. The first half of Beacon Avenue was cordoned off along with the Chevron gas station.
The investigation is still ongoing.