Multiple charges and arrests by Drug Unit

Surrey

2019-05-30 16:06 PDT

File # 2018-136680

Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a long term investigation which has resulted in multiple charges and arrests related to an illicit drug trafficking group operating throughout the Lower Mainland.

The investigation began in September of 2018 and focused on alleged drug trafficking in Surrey and Delta, BC, related to a group of individuals associated to those involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

This lengthy investigation resulted in thirty-eight charges being approved against 6 individuals. The majority of these charges were in relation to the trafficking of a controlled substance specifically suspected fentanyl and cocaine.

During the investigation, police executed search warrants at two separate residences, one in Surrey and one in Delta. As a result of these search warrants, police located bulk and pre-packaged fentanyl as well as evidence which led police to believe that large volumes of fentanyl were being trafficked.

Six men have been charged in this investigation. All have been arrested with the exception of Ryan Bruinsma, who is deceased and James Daniel, who is wanted within BC but investigators believe he no longer resides in the province.

Although this investigation was lengthy, the results will have a positive long term impact on the community through the disruption of a criminal network, said Acting Community Services Officer Inspector Wendy Mehat. We will continue to strategically target networks and interdict individuals engaged in drug trafficking to keep our community safe.

Large scale investigations can begin with a simple tip from the public. Anyone with information that could assist us in our investigations is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

For media inquiries contact:
Cpl. Elenore Sturko
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604.599.7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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