New Westminster, BC – An investigation by the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Crime Suppression Team has resulted in arrests and seizures related to a multi-jurisdiction drug trafficking ring.
In Fall 2022, Transit Police became aware of a network of individuals associated with the British Columbia Gang Conflict, whom they suspected of trafficking illicit drugs into municipalities throughout the Lower Mainland by using the transit network. It was quickly determined that these suspects posed a risk to public safety due to their access to firearms.
On May 2, 2023, as a result of their investigation, Transit Police executed three simultaneous residential search warrants in three different municipalities.
While executing the warrants, Transit Police seized:
Ten firearms of varying caliber, some with illegal modifications
3,800 rounds of ammunition
Illicit drugs, packaged in a manner consistent with trafficking, with an estimated street value of $70,000
Approximately $50,000 in counterfeit Canadian Currency
A 2017 Mercedes C300W, believed to have been purchased using criminal proceeds
Also located at one of the residences was a psilocybin (“magic mushroom”) grow operation that was dismantled and seized. Four suspects have been arrested, and additional arrests are anticipated. The investigation is ongoing.
“Working with multiple jurisdictional police partners allows us to investigate criminal activities that cross municipal boundaries. Transit Police are committed to public safety and want to send a clear message that if you use the transit system to commit crime, you will be arrested and face criminal charges” – Chief Dave Jones
Transit Police would like to express gratitude to the Surrey RCMP Crime Reduction Unit North, the RCMP Lower Mainland District, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit B.C., and the Vancouver Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.
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