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Four-month Vancouver police investigation nets $3 million in street drugs, eight handguns

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated May 6, 2020 at 12:42 pm PDT

Among the items seized was 3 kg of cannabis shatter, with a bulk street value of $500,000. (Courtesy Vancouver Police)
Summary

The police department's organized crime section executed five search warrants in Vancouver and one in Richmond

Eight people were arrested and the investigation continues

This will have a significant effect on the drug trade: VPD

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Close to $3 million worth of street drugs and eight handguns were seized late last month by Vancouver Police after a four-month investigation into the flow of illicit opioids into the region.

The police department’s organized crime section, as part of Project Transit, executed five search warrants on April 29, with four of them in Vancouver and one in Richmond.

Eight people were arrested, then released. No one has been charged yet, but the investigation continues.

“This was a collaborative effort involving officers from the organized crime section, emergency response team and patrol officers leading to this substantial seizure of drugs,” Insp. Bill Spearn says in a release. “We believe this will have a significant effect on the drug trade and will impact the health and safety of the local community.”

Items seized:

  • eight handguns, all 9-mm semi-automatics;
  • two 50-round drum magazines for 9-mm ammunition;
  • 20 kg of what is believed to be fentanyl with a bulk street value of $1.6 million;
  • one kg of cocaine with a bulk street value of $60,000;
  • six kg of methamphetamine with a bulk street value of $90,000;
  • 13 kg of cannabis shatter with a bulk street value of $500,000;
  • 320 kg of cannabis bud with a bulk street value of $700,000;
  • 26 kg of cutting agent with a bulk street value of $26,000.