From Vancouver to Chilliwack, several Lower Mainland police departments have been reporting arrests of individuals allegedly involved in drug-trafficking operations, with the latest coming from Surrey.
After a series of three investigative cases this month, Surrey RCMP have arrested a total of six male suspects—and seized over 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of cocaine and over $125,000 in cash.
When Surrey RCMP officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle near 152nd Street and 81st Avenue at 11:30 p.m. on November 8, they discovered a hidden compartment in the vehicle and a large paint tray with 392 grams of suspected bulk powdered cocaine.
Officers arrested the driver and passenger for possession of a substance for trafficking, but both have been released from custody as the investigation continues on.
Then at 6:30 p.m. on November 9, officers pulled over a vehicle near 140th Street and 108th Avenue in Surrey for a sobriety check after witnessing the vehicle cross over the solid line at the shoulder of the road.
After investigation, officers found the driver was discovered to have an expired B.C. Drivers License and located several items linked to drug trafficking, including an unspecified quantity of MDMA; a cardboard box with multiple cash bundles totaling over $125,000; and a number of cellphones.
Police arrested the driver and passenger for possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 while the passenger was also arrested for drug possession. Both male suspects have since been released pending further investigation.
Following that case, just after 6 p.m. on November 22, officers conducting a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 11900 block of 80th Avenue spotted a suspicious bag in the vehicle and discovered 30 individually wrapped packages of suspected cocaine for an approximate total amount of 30 kilograms. They also found $5,000 in cash and a $25,000 money order.
The driver and passenger were both arrested for possessing a substance for trafficking and have been released pending further investigation.
Surrey RCMP stated that the cocaine seized totals over 120,000 doses.
“These three interdictions will have a significant impact on the flow of cocaine at the street level, and represent a significant financial hit to the network of drug traffickers these seizures are associated to,” Surrey RCMP Insp. Mike Hall stated in a news release.
Anyone with information about drug trafficking or other criminal activity in Surrey is asked to call Surrey RCMP or, to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers.