A “significant drug seizure” that included a large quantity of cocaine and the painkiller known as phenacetin was executed by police in Surrey, recently.
And on Thursday morning, Surrey RCMP shared more details regarding the size and scope of the case, which they called a “sophisticated illegal operation which investigators have tied the Lower Mainland gang conflict.”
On November 29, 2018, a search warrant was executed on two different units at a storage facility located in the 7200 block of 132 Street, in Surrey’s Newton neighbourhood, as part of an on-going investigation.
As a result of the search, police located approximately 6 kilograms of suspected Methamphetamine, which they said is the equivalent of approximately 60,000 doses.
Police also seized 227 kilograms of phenacetin, a pain killer which is used by drug traffickers as a cutting agent to make cocaine more profitable. The quantity of phenacetin seized in this investigation was enough for traffickers to have produced approximately, 4.5 million doses of street level cocaine.
Phenacetin, also known as “Super Buff”, is very valuable in its present form and would be highly sought after by organized criminal groups.
“The quantity of phenacetin seized in this investigation was enough for traffickers to have produced approximately, 4.5 million doses of street-level cocaine,” said police.
Pill press, other equipment seized
In addition to the drugs, a large industrial pill press and other tools and equipment associated to the clandestine manufacturing of pharmaceutical look-a-likes were also located.
Along with the pill manufacturing equipment, police also located approximately 20 kilograms of pill binding agent and other chemicals associated to clandestine pill production.
“Over the past few years we have seen the effects of illicit drugs in our community. Not only has it led to tragic over-dose deaths, but the illegal drug trade has also contributed to violent disputes involving gang members and associates,” said Surrey Supt. Shawn Gill.
Gill said that with this seizure, we are reducing the potential for harm among our vulnerable people in the community and impacting the individuals who put the public at risk with their actions.”
Moreover, police said they believed that with the size and scope of this case, it’s believed this operation supplied drugs far beyond Surrey’s borders.
The investigation is ongoing, and thus far, no charges have been laid.
Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or by leaving a tip online.