Surrey man wanted on weapons trafficking charges now behind bars

Marco Miguel Prata Matias in custody after showing up at Surrey courthouse for an unrelated matter.

Accused weapons dealer Marco Miguel Prata Matias is now in custody

A Surrey man wanted on an array of weapons trafficking charges is now in custody.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) issued a public plea in mid-July asking for assistance in finding Marco Miguel Prata Matias. The 24-year-old was wanted on 19 firearm trafficking and possession charges and police considered him armed and dangerous.

According to police, Matias showed up to Surrey Provincial Court on a separate matter on Aug. 2 (he faces unrelated assault and mischief charges) and was told at that time he’d have to remain in custody due to the multiple weapons warrants.

The investigation into Matias began in March, when gang task force officers seized a Glock 9-mm pistol, a semi-automatic KRISS rifle loaded with .45 calibre shells and an SKS rifle.

“In the hands of criminals, the guns he is alleged to have trafficked are extremely dangerous and we want him in custody before he can sell more,” said Sgt. Lindsey Houghton last month.

Matias’ next court date is Aug. 26.

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag Monday amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

GUEST COLUMN: Looks like TransLink aims to ‘short-circuit’ plan for rail service on Interurban corridor

‘We are not going away,’ writes Rick Green, of South Fraser Community Rail Group

UPDATE: ‘Shots fired’ report in Cloverdale neighbourhood was likely fireworks, say RCMP

Surrounding neighbourhood evacuated, street closed in both directions as officers investigated

Swansong Ride2Survive raises $1M-plus in single-day cycle from Kelowna to Delta

Saturday’s ride was the 15th and final fundraiser of its kind for North Delta-based charity event

Dominion Day celebrations set for South Surrey’s historic Stewart Farm

Old-fashioned fun and games run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

New Lower Mainland bistro caters to board game fans and families

Local food and games at every table is the formula for the new business

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Trial dates set for three men accused of 2017 killing near Hope

Lawyers for the accused appeared in Kelowna at B.C. Supreme Court on Monday

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Most Read

l -->