'Massive' Surrey drug bust leads to shutdown of lab with gang ties: RCMP

Aug 15 2019, 5:08 pm

Surrey RCMP has dismantled a “large clandestine” drug lab, which they believe is linked to the Brothers Keepers — a group involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

On August 6, 2019, the Surrey RCMP Drug Section executed a search warrant on a residence located in the 16300-block of 14A Avenue.

Police say a “large drug manufacturing operation” was found in the residence. Authorities seized “significant” amounts of illicit street drugs, drug paraphernalia, pill presses, and firearms, including:

  • 63,000 doses of fake OxyContin ‘80’ pills
  • 94,000 doses of fake Percocet pills
  • 5,000 doses of suspected cocaine
  • 22,500 doses of fake heroin
  • 200 doses of suspected methamphetamine
  • 89 kg of an unknown cutting agent and 60 kg of a pill-binding agent
  • 3 pill presses, capable of producing 3,600-16,000 tablets per hour
  • 7 semi-automatic rifles including 5 x SKS, 1 x .40 calibre, and 1 x carbine

Some of the drugs were packaged for street-level distribution, and preliminary tests also indicated the presence of fentanyl.

Surrey drug bust

Surrey RCMP

Two individuals were arrested on the scene but were subsequently released pending further investigation.

“Based upon the sophistication and capacity of this operation to produce massive quantities of street level drugs, we believe there is a large criminal network associated to this lab,” says Inspector Mike Hall, Surrey RCMP Proactive Enforcement Officer, in a statement.

“This seizure will cause a significant disruption to this group’s ability to distribute mass amounts of potentially fatal street drugs in the Lower Mainland.”

Anyone with further information about this operation or other criminal activity is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

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