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B.C.'s gang squad seizes drugs, weapons over three days in Kamloops

Drugs, weapons and cash seized in Kamloops by B.C's Uniform Gang Enforcement Team during a recent three-day visit.
November 05, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The police squad from the Lower Mainland that targets gangs and organized crime paid a three day visit to Kamloops recently seizing cash, weapons and drugs.

Members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C.'s Uniform Gang Enforcement Team were deployed to Kamloops and seized over $33,000 in cash, 52 weapons and large quantities of suspected heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, according to a media release.

The weapons seized included multiple knives, a sword, bear spray, a throwing axe, brass knuckles, a revolver air soft gun, and a pistol-grip-modified-shotgun. Over 1,000 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition were also seized.

"We know that in the drug and organized crime community there is a significant amount of violence which involves weapons and firearms and affects lives," Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky said in the release. "Getting these off the street will make our community a safer place."

The Gang Enforcement Team also stopped 133 vehicles and checked 260 people, most of whom are connected to the street-level drug trade.

The Lower Mainland-based team regularly deploys to communities around the province to provide short-term support to local police agencies. The officers work with local detachments and use their own own crime and intelligence analysts to target gang and organized crime activity.

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