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50 charges laid against 6 people in New Westminster Police investigation

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Eric Zimmer Mar 14, 2018 10:35 am 4,422

After an investigation that began in New Westminster almost a year ago, six Lower Mainland residents are now facing a combined total of 50 charges in relation to trafficking fentanyl and other drugs.

In a release, New Westminster Police (NWPD) said that during the investigation, “several” search warrants were executed throughout Surrey and New Westminster.

It was during these searches that police seized a number of vehicles, a large quantity of cash, multiple firearms, replica firearms, and a “large amount of drugs including heroin containing lethal levels of fentanyl and pure fentanyl.”

The total amount of drugs from the seizure had an estimated street value of approximately $300,000.

“These kinds of investigations take a lot of experience and expertise from detectives, and our Street Crime Unit – along with our partnering agencies – have successfully recommended multiple drug offence charges,” said NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Jeff Scott. “We take these offences very seriously.”

Facing charges in connection with the investigation and seizures are:

  • Surrey resident Neil Naidu, 31, who has been charged with 20 counts of of Trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl and one count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking,
  • Surrey resident Manisha Lidhar 25, who has been charged with 9 counts of Trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl and one count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Surrey resident Pahul Lidhar, 20, who has been charged with 8 counts of Trafficking Heroin, Fentanyl and Cocaine, and two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking,
  • Surrey resident Tyler Sandhu, 28, who has been charged with one count of Trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl, one count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking,  and 4 counts of Possessing a Firearm,
  • Surrey resident Eric Hanif, 32, has been charged with one count of Trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl
  • Chilliwack resident Matthew Sharafi, 24, who has been charged with one count of Trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl and one count of Trafficking Cocaine, section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Naidu remains in custody to appear in court, and the others have been released pending an upcoming court appearance.

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Eric Zimmer
Staff Writer at Daily Hive.

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