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Vancouver police bust alleged drug smuggling taxi scheme

Last Updated Jul 6, 2021 at 6:41 pm PDT

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VPD says $4-million worth of drugs, $320,000 in cash seized in gang-related bust

Investigators say drugs, cash were transported in taxi

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Police in Vancouver have seized $4-million worth of drugs and $320,000 in cash after disrupting what they call a commercial-scale operation.

The scheme involved gangs transporting fentanyl, crystal meth, cocaine, and people in a taxi. The VPD is not naming the company whose car was used, but is investigating the driver.

“One of the investigators described it to me as a commercial drug moving operation for a mid-level dealer. So these drugs were being packaged and taken via taxi to various locations throughout the city and the Lower Mainland for resale,” explained Superintendent Lisa Byrne.

She says two people have been arrested in connection with the busts, which took place at two downtown apartments more than a month ago.

This is being described as “one of the larger drug seizures” seen in Metro Vancouver in years, and investigators believe this action will “disrupt a significant drug-line supplying drugs in bulk.”

The 51-year-old from Burnaby and 21-year-old from Vancouver arrested have both been released. Investigators anticipate charges will be recommended in the coming weeks.