16 firearms, 5.5 kg of drugs and $85,000 seized in Abbotsford Police’s project

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IN 2022, the Abbotsford Police’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) launched a drug trafficking investigation dubbed Project Toro in response to a 42-year-old man linked to the BC Gang Conflict who was involved in the drug trade in the Abbotsford area.

Over the next several months, the investigation advanced with the assistance of the Abbotsford Police’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU) and the Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT).

Multiple search warrants were executed in Abbotsford, Burnaby and Chilliwack communities, resulting in 5.5 kilograms of drugs consisting of fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine being seized along with over $84,000 in Canadian cash.

Sixteen firearms, which included prohibited and restricted devices, were also seized.

On April 26, 2023, 42-year-old Khamidi Ferdinand and 64-year-old Constance Vince of Abbotsford were arrested in relation to this investigation.

Charges of trafficking a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, weapons trafficking, and possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition have now been approved by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

Both remain in custody pending their next bail hearing.