The Abbotsford Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, in a co-ordinated effort with the Drug Enforcement Unit, arrested 25-year-old Manraj Singh Gill last week.
Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search of Gill’s residence in the 30000 block of Gardner Avenue.
Gill`s arrest and subsequent search of his residence produced drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, as well as firearms ammunition.
The search of Gill’s vehicle produced a small amount of heroin and an improvised firearm or “zip gun” which was loaded with a .22-calibre bullet.
Gill has been charged with three counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking and one count of breach to a firearms and weapons prohibition order.
Gill is known to police both in the Lower Mainland and in the province of Alberta.
He is currently on probation for firearms and drug offences out of Abbotsford and on bail for attempt murder out of Strathmore, Alberta.
Gill is considered to be a gang associate and a public safety concern to the APD, and has been remanded until his Sept. 17 court appearance.
“The Drug Enforcement Unit arrest of Gill and the warrant execution at his home, with the assistance of ERT and the APD Crime Reduction Unit, is considered important work in a continued effort to keep the city safe,” said APD Const. Ian MacDonald in a statement released Thursday, Sept. 12.
MacDonald did not elaborate on Gill’s alleged gang connections.
“All I can say is his association is to a group that is involved in the current conflicts in the Lower Mainland, including the Fraser Valley.”
Several fatal shootings and drive-by shootings have occurred since Red Scorpion gangster Jonathan Bacon was killed in Kelowna.
The current conflict has pitted members of the Dhak-Duhre group against gangs that include the Hells Angels and the Independent Soldiers.
In Abbotsford, 25-year-old Harpreet Chahal was fatally shot in June while he was driving in the area of South Fraser Way and Emerson Street. He was a known associate of Jujhar Khun-Khun, a Dhak-Duhre associate currently in prison as one of three people charged with Bacon’s murder.
On July 15, alleged Abbotsford gangster Brian “Shrek” Dhaliwal was shot at while he was driving along Downes Roadbetween 264 Street and Mt. Lehman Road.
Although MacDonald did not say that Gill is being investigated for connections to those incidents, he did say that police are continuing to investigate whether further charges will be laid in relation to his most recent arrest.
Gill is currently on two years’ probation after serving a nine-month sentence for possession for the purpose of trafficking and unauthorized possession of a firearm in Abbotsford.
He was also handed a 10-year firearms and weapons ban.
Gill is currently in custody and makes his next court appearance in Abbotsford provincial court on Sept. 17.