Surrey and Burnaby RCMP made announcements today about recent arrests that involved seizures of illicit drugs, firearms, money, and other items.
In addition, one of the three cases was an investigation into a drug organization that has ties to gang activity.
Surrey RCMP announced today (June 10) that two traffic stops resulted in officers locating and seizing firearms and illicit drugs.
In the first case, officers stopped a vehicle near 94th Avenue and King George Boulevard in Whalley at 4:40 p.m. on June 4.
During their interaction with the driver, officers noticed drug trafficking–related items and arrested the driver and passenger—a 34-year-old male from Surrey and a 24-year-old female from Port Coquitlam.
Upon investigation, police found and seized seven imitation firearms, a pistol magazine with live ammunition, a sword, and a knife.
Also, officers located and seized several packages containing 157 grams of suspected fentanyl and about $250 in cash.
After further investigation, a report is expected to be submitted to B.C. Prosecution Services. Anyone with more information about this case is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
A few days later, officers conducted a traffic stop near 176th Street and Fraser Highway in Cloverdale at 6:50 p.m. on June 8.
While speaking with the male driver, officers arrested him after noticing evidence of weapons possession.
Upon investigation, officers found and seized a holster, two starter pistols, a large canister of bear mace, several knives, and $1,200 in cash.
In addition, police also seized two plastic bags with bulk amounts of suspected illicit drugs: 89 grams of suspected fentanyl, and 58 grams of suspected methamphetamine.
Police issued violation tickets to the 47-year-old driver from Surrey for Motor Vehicle Act offences.
He also received a warning letter that, as a the registered owner of a vehicle involved in crime, his vehicle will be seized as offence-related property if the vehicle is involved in any further criminal activity.
He has since been released from police custody. Charges haven’t been laid yet and the investigation remains ongoing.
Burnaby and Coquitlam
Burnaby RCMP stated today that it has been conducting an investigation over several months into a drug organization associated with Lower Mainland gangs.
Burnaby RCMP, with assistance from Strike Force and the Community Response Team, used a search warrant at a residence in Coquitlam on June 3, which led to the arrest of a Coquitlam resident (who has since been released) and the seizures of numerous items:
- several ounces of suspected cocaine and fentanyl;
- approximately $15,000 in cash;
- several weapons;
- ammunition for an SKS assault rifle;
- a high-end vehicle.
Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Mike Kalanj explained to the Georgia Straight that the offence originated in Burnaby but the residence was in Coquitlam.
“This enforcement action serves to cut off the lethal supply of street drugs to users and will also significantly disrupt this organization,” Burnaby RCMP Insp. Matt Toews stated in a news release. “These weapons are often used by gangs for violent incidents and murders such as the ones most recently plaguing the Lower Mainland.”
Drugs and weapons charges against two individuals associated with the drug organization will be forwarded.