A 51-year-old man and four teens are among those facing a combined total of 38 charges, following a “long-term” investigation by the Surrey RCMP in connection with an illicit drug trafficking group operating throughout the Lower Mainland.
According to police, the investigation began in September of 2018 and focussed on alleged drug trafficking in both Surrey and Delta.
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During the investigation, police executed search warrants at two separate residences, one in Surrey and one in Delta.
As a result of these search warrants, police located bulk and pre-packaged fentanyl as well as evidence “which led police to believe that large volumes of fentanyl were being trafficked,” according to a release.
Police said the charges against the individuals were approved this week, and “the majority of these charges were in relation to the trafficking of a controlled substance specifically suspected fentanyl and cocaine.”
A total of six men were charged in the investigation, and all have been arrested, with the exception of Ryan Bruinsma – who is facing seven charges, but is now dead – and James Daniel, who is wanted within BC, but “investigators believe he no longer resides in the province.”
The charges include:
- 51-year-old Surrey resident Jasbir Singh Khabra: 11 charges related to drug trafficking
- 19-year-old Delta resident Matthew Ramone Mann: Facing 6 charges related to drug trafficking
- 19-year-old Delta resident Gurdeep Singh Bains: 6 charges related to drug trafficking
- 18-year-old Surrey resident Martin Djunga: Facing 3 charges related to drug trafficking
- 18-year-old Surrey resident James Daniel: Facing 3 charges related to drug trafficking
“Although this investigation was lengthy, the results will have a positive long term impact on the community through the disruption of a criminal network,” said RCMP Insp. Wendy Mehat. “We will continue to strategically target networks and interdict individuals engaged in drug trafficking to keep our community safe.”