Buying illegal cannabis puts money and guns into the hands of criminals: Surrey RCMP

ON June 22, the Surrey RCMP Drug Unit began an investigation into possible drug trafficking in Surrey associated to a commercial property in Langley. The following day, on June 23, officers conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle associated to the property and arrested the driver. Further investigation led to the seizure of approximately 1 kilogram of dried cannabis and $35,000 cash.

Later the same day, officers from the Surrey RCMP Drug Unit and the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team executed two search warrants under the Cannabis Act. One was at the commercial property in the 2800-block of 196 Street in Langley. The second was at a residence in the 15700-block of 98 Avenue in Surrey.

During the investigation, police located and seized five firearms, including two handguns. Police also located 7,668 cannabis clone plants, 71 lbs. of prepackaged cannabis, 1,150 preloaded cannabis vape pens, 1,250 THC infused butter containers (cannabis resin), five bricks of hashish, and two boxes of edible cannabis products. There was also more than $30,000 in cash seized between the two locations.

Photos: Surrey RCMP

Surrey RCMP said this was a highly sophisticated operation with multiple ledgers and databases of customers and clientele information. The property in Langley was an unlicensed commercial business specializing in the sale of cannabis plant seedlings, also known as clones.

Two men and one woman were arrested and later released pending further investigation. Police also located two young children, a newborn baby and a two-year-old, at the Surrey residence. The Ministry of Children and Family Development has been engaged to ensure the safety of both children.

“Although cannabis is now legal to consume and purchase in Canada, it is strictly regulated,” pointed out Constable Sarbjit K. Sangha, Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer. “Even though it may be just a bit of pot, when you buy your cannabis from illicit sources, you are helping to put money and guns into the hands of criminals.”

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

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