Drugs, firearms, vehicles seized, three arrested after investigation into Burnaby-based drug trafficking organization

Burnaby

2024-05-02 09:47 PDT

File # 2024-3417

On March 22, 2024, following an investigation into a Burnaby-based drug trafficking organization, the Burnaby RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Section, with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team (ERT), executed search warrants on two residences located in Burnaby and Coquitlam.

During these searches, officers with Burnaby Drugs and Organized Crime Section located and seized a significant amount of drugs, including more than ten kilograms of pre-packaged and bulk suspected fentanyl, cocaine, rock cocaine (crack), methamphetamine, Xanax, Oxycontin and Percocet pills.

A handgun, high capacity magazines, ammunition, a large amount of cash and equipment to make fraudulent credit cards were also seized. A stolen car was recovered while another vehicle thought to be involved in drug trafficking, along with several filled gas cans, were seized as offence-related property. Three people were arrested and released with a court date.

On April 2, 2024, Burnaby RCMP’s Drugs and Organized Crime Section, with the assistance of ERT, executed a third search warrant on another residence in Burnaby.

This search yielded a large amount of suspected fentanyl and cocaine packaged for street sale along with a handgun with an extended magazine and ammunition. A vehicle was also seized. One person was arrested and released with a court date.

The investigation included the seizure of more than 3,000 Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) pills as well as methadone. The seized drugs have been sent for further testing.

A black handgun, ammunition magazine and two boxes of ammunition in a clear bag laid out on a table. Three ammunition magazines, a brown handgun, and a wad of Canadian currency laid out on a table. Dozens of bags and containers of various drugs laid out on a table. Numerous bags and bottles of various drugs laid out on a table.

This is a significant seizure that not only included a large and bulk quantity of drugs including fentanyl thought to be destined for trafficking, but also included firearms, ammunition, and vehicles involved in criminal activity, said Chief Superintendent Graham de la Gorgendiere, Burnaby RCMP’s Officer In Charge. It is believed these seizures have disrupted a crime group not only involved in drug trafficking, but also planning violence against rival gangs involved in the BC gang conflict.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending for multiple suspects.

Released by

Cpl. Michael Kalanj
Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
Office: 604-646-9566
Fax: 604-646-9704

Email: burnaby_rcmp_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
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