Abbotsford, BC – In January 2017, the Abbotsford Police Gang and Drug Unit launched a lengthy investigation over several months which targeted a group of individuals involved in the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict. This investigation, called Purple Rain, specifically targeted those dealing in fentanyl and carfentanil.
Charges laid include drug trafficking in fentanyl, carfentanil and cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking and firearms-related offences.
The 5 arrested during this investigation are:
- Sarabjit Singh Mann, 22 years old,17 charges
- Karan-jit Singh Mann, 19 years old, 4 charges
- Akashdeep Singh Bhoot, 21 years old, 9 charges
- Sukhvir Singh Gill, 19 years old, 2 charges
- Navkarn Singh Sandhu, 18 years old, 1 charges
Carfentanil and fentanyl are extremely toxic, synthetic-opiate narcotics and have contributed to the record numbers of fatal overdoses in our city. Carfentanil is used as an elephant tranquilizer, and estimated to be 100 times more potent than fentanyl. These drugs have killed and will continue to kill people from novice to experienced drug users.
The APD has numerous materials and information available to people on our website including helplines and resources for parents at http://www.abbypd.ca/streetdrugs. In addition, we have posters and videos that can help spread the warning and save lives.
APD FILE # 17-262 RELEASE # 1
Abbotsford Police Department