Metro Vancouver police departments have announced the seizure of a massive amount of drugs along with other items during a cooperative organized crime investigation.
Over 10 kg of fentanyl, 22 kg of cocaine, and 41 kg of methamphetamine were seized as part of Project Tint, an investigation that began with Vancouver Police Department (VPD) detectives in May.
During the week of July 18 police raided three residences connected to gangs and organized crime in the lower mainland; two in New Westminster and one in Port Moody.
Along with the 73 kg of drugs, police seized $172,000 in cash, two vehicles and a kilogram press. Two people were also arrested.
“This is one of the larger drug seizures we have seen in recent years,” says Inspector Phil Heard from VPD’s Organized Crime Section in a press release. “We believe this investigation, and the substantial seizure of drugs and cash will have a significant impact on organized crime in the Lower Mainland.”
Project Tint started out trying to target one particular organized crime group involved in the ongoing gang conflict in Metro Vancouver.
"A seizure of this size will undoubtedly reduce the amount of fentanyl and other illicit drugs sold on the streets,” Heard says.
The VPD worked with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC (CFSEU-BC) and the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team on the project.
“The results of the initial phase of the Vancouver Police Department’s project was a success and we look forward to continuing our support as the investigation progresses," says CFSEU-BC Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton.