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An art gallery owner and two accomplices may have painted themselves into a corner in connection with an alleged drug ring in downtown Victoria.

Police say the three face charges after a month-long investigation dubbed Project Dali. They allege The Loft art gallery was a front for selling and supplying drugs and liquor to street youth, who then resold the goods downtown.

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A news release from the Victoria Police Department says the 38-year-old gallery owner was arrested Friday as a raid on his storefront turned up large amounts of marijuana, hashish and cocaine, along with eight litres of moonshine.

A 28-year-old woman was picked up a short time later as officers searched a home linked to the gallery, where marijuana, crystal meth, ketamine and cash were seized. A 19-year-old alleged drug supplier was arrested when police intercepted texts meant for the gallery owner.

The gallery owner and the woman are expected to return to court next month, while the 19-year-old will appear at a later date to face drug trafficking charges.

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