2019 Highlights - Drug investigations in an ever-changing world


2020-01-07 15:31 PST

The BC RCMP relies on good policing to keep people safe and protected in an increasingly complex and challenging world. Officers work with domestic and international partner agencies to investigate and stop the flow of illicit drugs into the province and country. Arrests of suspects and seizure of drugs help to disrupt the flow on the streets, leading to safer communities. The BC RCMP is committed to undertake actions and investigations to reduce the sale of illicit drugs.

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Here are a few of the significant drug investigations which lead to successful arrests, seizures and charges in 2019:

Two arrested for importing Heroin following multi-national investigation. The RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) and the South African Police Services teamed up in the fight against International synthetic drug importation and distribution, which has resulted in the seizure of Heroin. On January 9, 2019, South African Police Services were alerted to a suspicious package that was dropped off at an express delivery service company for shipping to a residence in Victoria, BC. The package was discovered to contain between 400 to 500 grams of Heroin.

E Division Traffic Services seized over 350 pounds of Cannabis. On December 5, 2019, an officer with Southeast District Traffic Services stopped a pickup/trailer combination on Highway 3 near Salmo, BC, for a suspected driver’s licence infraction. Upon speaking with the two men in the pickup, the officer formed sufficient grounds to arrest both men for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. A subsequent search of the pickup and trailer yielded over 350 pounds of cannabis in vacuum sealed bags.

The Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) has had a successful November, with three significant seizures of suspected cocaine and cash since November 8, 2019. As a result of their continued strategic targeted enforcement in Surrey, SGET has successfully interdicted more than 30 kilograms of cocaine, $125,000 in cash, and have arrested six men in connection with drug trafficking. The seizure of 392 grams, just under a pound, of suspected cocaine, occurred on November 8th, 2019 at 11:30 pm. SGET officers conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle in the area of 152 Street and 81 Avenue.

A significant quantity of illegal drugs, police believe were destined for Chilliwack were seized during the execution of a Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrant during a RCMP multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking investigation. On September 10, 2019 Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit Drug Section (CRU), supported by the Vancouver Police Department Organized Crime Unit, executed a CDSA search warrant in the 5600-block of Boundary Road, Vancouver. An alleged 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, 700 grams of fentanyl as well as drug cutting agents, processing materials, cellular phones, and cash were seized.

In February of 2019, The Kelowna RCMP Drug Section began a drug trafficking investigation into known individuals involved in the sale and distribution of Fentanyl, Cocaine and Methamphetamine throughout Kelowna and West Kelowna. In March of 2019, the Investigation led to multiple search warrants being executed at two residences and one industrial property in West Kelowna, during which police seized over $30,000 in Cash, and over 1.5kg of Fentanyl, Cocaine and Methamphetamine.

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