Abandoned vehicle in Coquitlam leads to arrest of two males and seizure of firearms

THE Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit-BC (CFSEU-BC) recently seized firearms and ammunition in the Coquitlam area and arrested two men.

On Monday, April 26, UGET officers were on patrol in the area of the Coquitlam Centre Mall when officers noticed a vehicle with a male driver in the parking lot. The driver pulled into a stall and quickly walked away from his vehicle without securing it.

UGET officers waited for the driver to return for approximately an hour after which officers approached the vehicle in which they immediately observed keys and a cell phone sitting in the center console.  Further observation revealed a non-restricted semi-automatic rifle.

The officers were able to identity the male driver and locate his residence nearby. While officers were outside that residence, the male driver and a second male arrived, both were arrested by UGET officers.

Officers obtained a warrant to search the residence in the 1100-block of Pinetree Way in Coquitlam. Located and seized as evidence were:

– 5 non-restricted, semi automatic firearms

– extended firearm magazines

– ammunition

– documents relating to ownership of the firearms

– handcuffs, masks, and GPS trackers

All firearms seized will be submitted to the new Provincial Forensics Firearms Lab, managed by CFSEU-BC, for processing.

The male driver is known to police and the investigation is ongoing. Both males were released from custody pending criminal charge approval.

The Uniform Gang Enforcement Team is CFSEU-BC’s highly visible uniformed presence. These officers work to prevent ongoing violence using disruption and/or enforcement action through a visible, proactive presence in the community. By conducting active and high visibility enforcement, including that on those individuals or groups that may be posing the greatest risk to public safety due to their involvement in gang or organized crime activity, UGET is able to contribute to increased public safety by getting these dangerous offenders off the streets.

“CFSEU-BC Uniform Gang Enforcement Team members provide a proactive law enforcement presence across the Lower Mainland every day to ensure public safety,” said Superintendent Bill Spearn, Operations Support Officer for CFSEU-BC. “We are glad that our officers were able to take six dangerous firearms and ammunition off the street.”