VANCOUVER Police announced on Tuesday that they have seized more than $4 million worth of drugs and $320,000 in cash in an investigation targeting gang activity in Metro Vancouver.
“This is one of the larger drug seizures we have seen in Metro Vancouver in recent years,” said Superintendent Lisa Byrne. “We believe this investigation, which ultimately led police to two major ‘stash houses,’ disrupted a significant drug-line supplying drugs in bulk.”
Detectives in the VPD’s Organized Crime Section initiated Project Tache about six weeks ago to target the drug trafficking activities of a high profile gang.
Police executed two search warrants in late June in downtown Vancouver in two condo units in two different buildings. Investigators seized about 13 kilograms of fentanyl, 11 kilograms of crystal meth, eight kilograms of benzodiazepine, and five kilograms of cocaine. Police also seized a hydraulic press, $320,000 in cash, and a firearm.
“During the investigation, our detectives found that a taxi was being used to transport people and drugs related to the drug-line,” said Byrne. “The taxi driver is also being investigated as part of this project.”
Project Tache was launched as part of Taskforce Threshold. VPD initiated Taskforce Threshold in May in response to the gang activity and escalating gang violence in Metro Vancouver.
A 52-year-old man from Burnaby and a 21-year-old man from Vancouver, were arrested, interviewed and released pending further investigation. The investigation is ongoing and detectives anticipate recommending charges related to drug trafficking to Crown counsel in the coming weeks.