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New West police seize drugs, cash and weapons in Quayside apartment

Charges being considered
New Westminster police found a lot more than a noisy resident after responding to a recent disturbance at a Quayside Drive apartment. File

Drugs, cash and a loaded firearm were among the items seized by New West police after being alerted to a disturbance at a Quayside residence.

A press release from the New Westminster Police Department states officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence on Quayside Drive about 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27.

“As officers exited their vehicles they could hear loud music coming from a suite several storeys up,” said the press release. “After locating the suite which was the source of the loud music, officers asked the occupant to turn the music down, which the occupant did. In the course of speaking with the occupant regarding the loud music, officers observed items within the suite indicative of drug activity.”

According to the press release, police obtained a search warrant and returned later in the day, when they seized a loaded firearm, two stun guns, $12,000 in cash and drugs suspected to include cocaine, fentanyl and psilocybin (magic mushrooms). Police say the estimated street value of the drugs seized was approximately $140,000.

“This is an excellent reminder that police are putting themselves into situations you just can’t anticipate,” said NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Sanjay Kumar. “What we thought was going to be a reminder to turn the music down, turned into an arrest connected to suspected drug trafficking.”

According to the NWPD, charges against the suspect are being considered.

“Charges will be recommended to Crown counsel once the investigation is complete,” Kumar told the Record. “The evidence seized from the scene will be sent to Health Canada to confirm they are the drugs in question. Once we receive this confirmation, charges will then be forwarded at that time.”

The New Westminster Police Department reminds residents to call them at 604-525-5411 if they believe suspicious activity is happening in their neighbourhood.


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