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Surrey gang squad seizes significant amounts of cocaine, cash

Last Updated Nov 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm PDT

FILE - RCMP. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

The Gang Enforcement Unit says the cocaine seized has a street value of around $5 million

The three separate busts all stemmed from traffic stops and six men were arrested

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Mounties in Surrey have made three significant seizures of drugs and cash in the past three weeks, and six men have been arrested.

The Gang Enforcement Unit says the cocaine seized has a street value of around $5 million.

“These three interdictions will have a significant impact on the flow of cocaine at the street level, and represent a significant financial hit to the network of drug traffickers these seizures are associated to,” says Inspector Mike Hall.

In addition to the 30 kilograms of drugs, officers seized close to $125,000 in cash.

The three separate busts all stemmed from traffic stops.

On Nov. 8, officers searched a car they pulled over near 52 Street and 81 Avenue.

“Officers made a number of observations which led to the discovery of hidden compartments within the vehicle, and a large paint tray of suspected bulk, powdered cocaine,” according to a news release.

The search yielded 392 grams of cocaine and two men were arrested.

The next day, a car was pulled over for a sobriety check of the driver around 140 Street and 108 Avenue.

“Upon further investigation of the vehicle and its occupants, items consistent with drug trafficking, including multiple cellphones, a quantity of MDMA and currency were found. A search of the vehicle revealed a cardboard box containing multiple bundles of cash wrapped in elastic bands, later counted to be in excess of $125,000,” say RCMP.

Two men were arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking.

On Nov. 22, 30 kilograms of cocaine were found in a vehicle after a traffic stop around 199 Street and 80 Avenue.

“During the traffic stop, the officers observed a suspicious bag in the vehicle, subsequent investigation of that bag revealed 30 individually wrapped packages of suspected cocaine. Officers also located and seized $5000.00 in cash and a $25,000 money order,” Mounties say, adding two people were arrested.

The six men who were arrested as a result of these stops have all been released pending further investigation.