Surrey RCMP media relations officer Corporal Joanie Sidhu shows the media some of the evidence from a recent seizure, which included drugs, cash and a firearm, at a Whalley house on Aug. 20, 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey RCMP media relations officer Corporal Joanie Sidhu shows the media some of the evidence from a recent seizure, which included drugs, cash and a firearm, at a Whalley house on Aug. 20, 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Whalley

Surrey RCMP seize ‘significant’ quantity of drugs, cash

Seizure included firearm, drug brick press: police

Surrey RCMP’s drug unit has seized a “significant” quantity of drugs and cash following a search at a Whalley house.

Corporal Joanie Sidhu said on Aug. 20, during the drug unit’s “proactive enforcement,” officers saw two people allegedly involved in “suspicious activity consistent with drug trafficking” outside of a home in the 9400-block of 129th Street.

She said both people were detained “and found to be in possession of cash and street-level drugs.”

Through a search warrant on the same day with the help of the gang enforcement team, Sidhu said officer seized 225 grams of suspected cocaine, 3.1 kilograms of suspected fentanyl, 157 suspected oxycodone pills, more than $100,000 in cash, one handgun and ammunition, 20 kilograms of a raw cutting agent and a drug brick press.

Sidhu said the suspected cocaine is roughly 900 doses.

“The fentanyl alone is equal to 31,000 doses.”

Surrey RCMP held a media availability Thursday (Sept. 3) following the seizure of drugs, cash and a firearm by the detachment’s drug unit.

“This investigation has taken a significant amount of illicit drugs off the street,” said Staff Sergeant Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “Given the current opioid overdose crisis, these drugs could very likely have harmed or killed people in our community.”

One suspect, Sidhu said, was released at the scene and one war arrested during the search.

However, she added no charges have been laid yet as the investigation is ongoing.

Sidhu said one of the suspects involved “is believed to be involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict.”

Asked if the bust is connected to any other recent seizures, Sidhu said, “Typically, when you have a seizure that’s this large and when we do seize items like the handgun, there usually is some type of a tie to other criminal activity. In many cases, there are ties to other investigations.”

Anyone that has any information about the investigation, is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca.



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Surrey RCMP media relations officer Corporal Joanie Sidhu shows the media some of the evidence from a recent seizure, which included drugs, cash and a firearm, at a Whalley house on Aug. 20, 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey RCMP media relations officer Corporal Joanie Sidhu shows the media some of the evidence from a recent seizure, which included drugs, cash and a firearm, at a Whalley house on Aug. 20, 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey RCMP media relations officer Corporal Joanie Sidhu shows the media some of the evidence from a recent seizure, which included drugs, cash and a firearm, at a Whalley house on Aug. 20, 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey RCMP media relations officer Corporal Joanie Sidhu shows the media some of the evidence from a recent seizure, which included drugs, cash and a firearm, at a Whalley house on Aug. 20, 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)