Ongoing drug trafficking investigation leads to drugs and guns seizure
Surrey: Two individuals have been charged with several drug and firearm related charges after a number of guns and drugs were seized. The investigation is ongoing and is believed to have ties to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.
In October 2017, Surrey RCMP’s Drug Unit began an investigation into alleged drug trafficking in Surrey and Langley. Officers gathered evidence throughout November and December and on December 13th, 2017 a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 8600 block of 144A Street in Surrey. The following items were seized:
· 1 SKS assault rifle
- 1 sawed off shotgun
- 1 .22 calibre revolver
- ammunition for various calibre weapons
- bulk powder cocaine, heroin, and crack cocaine
- drug processing material and equipment
- $2,000 cash
- 2 vehicles alleged to be involved in dial-a-doping
As a result of this search warrant, Abdul Shaheel Khan, a 24-year-old male from Surrey and Shastina Shrena Kumar, a 21-year-old female from Surrey, have each been charged with the following:
· Two counts of Unlawfully Traffic in a Controlled Substance
- Three counts of Unlawfully Possess a Controlled Substance
- Six counts of various firearm related offences
Khan remains in custody pending his next court appearance, while Kumar has been released on bail and is under house arrest.
Evidence seized in the December 13th investigation led to a search warrant being executed on December 21st at a home in the 18200 block of 83rd Avenue. Items seized from that residence included three bolt action rifles, a shotgun, an imitation firearm, ammunition, and a stolen vehicle. One male was also arrested and taken into custody. He has since been released on a Promise to Appear with various conditions.
This is an ongoing investigation that is believed to be associated to the Lower Mainland gang conflict with more charges expected.
“Our Drug Section investigators, supported by our specialized sections and partners, continues to target dial-a-dope trafficking operations that pose a significant risk to public safety,” says Community Services Officer Superintendent Shawn Gill. “Any time we can remove drugs and weapons of this nature from our communities it is considered a success. We continue to engage in a number of enforcement, prevention, and education strategies to disrupt the illegal drug trade and associated violence that we have seen in our city and across the Lower Mainland.”