THE New Westminster Police Department Street Crime Unit has made an arrest and drug seizure which they claim is connected to the Lower Mainland organized crime groups.
The investigation involved working with other police agencies in the province and began at the beginning of the summer with a focus on a residence in the city of New Westminster. One person has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.
Police seized 12 kilograms of cocaine, 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, a suitcase with approximately $270,000 inside, two firearms with ammunition, one armored vest, high-end jewelry, various drug trafficking equipment, and two vehicles.
The combined street value of the seized drugs is approximately $1 million. This is a significant seizure for the New Westminster Police Department.
“Police agencies from across this province are working together to identify, locate and arrest those who traffic in illicit substances causing significant harm to our communities,” said Sgt. Sanjay Kumar on Thursday. “Drugs fuel violent crime and investigations such as this address both the drugs and the associated violence. We are committed to working with our policing partners to address enforcement, and with our community partners to support prevention and intervention initiatives for vulnerable residents of our community.”
“The work of the Street Crime Unit has been exemplary to say the least,” said Chief Constable Dave Jansen. “These officers are tremendously dedicated and put in a lot of hard work to bring this file to a successful conclusion. These criminal organizations cause untold harm to communities, and are responsible for the victimization of so many of our most vulnerable.”
If residents are witnessing what they believe to be drug activity in their neighbourhood they are encouraged to call the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.