Calling it “one of the largest drug seizures in recent years,” the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) announced on Monday they had seized “approximately 50 kilograms of combined suspected drugs” as part of an investigation last week.
In a release, CFSEU-BC officers said that on January 8, “while conducting a targeted investigation into potential prolific drug traffickers, officers observed what they believed was a significant drug transaction taking place.”
During the incident, “officers attempted to stop a vehicle involved in the suspected transaction in the area of Highway 10 and 130th Street,” CFSEU-BC said. The vehicle did not stop, however, and it was then that officers called for the assistance of Air One, the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services, and Surrey RCMP officers.
As a result of the combined search, the vehicle was located again in the area of 130th Street and 34th Avenue along with another vehicle.
“With numerous specialized units now engaged, officers observed a drug transaction take place and were able to intercept the drugs while these individuals attempted to evade being caught,” CFSEU-BC said. The vehicle was ultimately caught a short distance away, and “despite attempting to avoid detection,” the two individuals in the vehicle were arrested.
Police said the type and quantity of drugs seized in the incident included approximately 38 kg of suspected heroin, 10 kg of suspected imitation Percocet – which are both believed to contain fentanyl – and 1.5 kg of suspected methamphetamine.
Investigators also conducted six additional search warrants in the Lower Mainland area, resulting in the additional seizure of $20,000 cash and three firearms. In total, police noted the seizure has an estimated street value of $6.5 million.
The two men who were arrested have since been released without charges as the CFSEU-BC’s investigation into the case continues.
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“A seizure of this size will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the individuals and group that we seized it from to operate,” said CFSEU-BC Acting Chief Officer Paul Dadwal.
“While we have a lot of investigative work ahead of us, we have been able to, at the very least, take tens of thousands, if not millions, of potentially deadly doses of fentanyl and other drugs off the streets.”
Anyone who has information into the drugs seized is urged to contact Crime Stoppers, the CFSEU-BC, or their local police.