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Two New West homes targeted for gang activity, more than $8M in drugs seized

“This is one of the larger drug seizures we have seen in recent years."
The Vancouver Police Department seized more than $8 million in drugs and $170,000 in cash at three Lower Mainland residences, including New Westminster.

Two New Westminster homes were the subject of search warrants in a major gang activity investigation that saw more than $8 million in drugs seized. 

Vancouver police (VPD) executed search warrants last week at two New West residences and one in Port Moody in connection with gang activity in the region. 

More than 10 kg of fentanyl, 22 kg of cocaine and 41 kg of meth was seized along with $172,000 in cash, two vehicles and a kilogram press. 

"This is one of the larger drug seizures we have seen in recent years," Insp. Phil Heard of the VPD's Organized Crime Section said in a statement today (July 27). 

"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 was initiated in May of this year to target drug sales and distributions within a high-level organized crime group that is linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict. 

"This was a collaborative effort between the Vancouver Police Department, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC, and the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team," Heard added. 

"A seizure of this size will undoubtedly reduce the amount of fentanyl and other illicit drugs sold on the streets."

Police say two people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, which remains ongoing.