Mission RCMP officers seized drugs and an arsenal of weapons, including a gun commonly used in U.S. school shootings.
The local detachment’s crime reduction unit have been investigating a local drug operation that was targeting “low to mid-level” drug traffickers.
Police believed the drug operation was trafficking the deadly drug fentanyl that has been blamed for thousands of deaths in B.C.
On Nov. 5, police executed a search warrant at a Mission house and one person was arrested. Police believe the house was being used to mix, package and then distribute fentanyl.
Among the items seized were 1.27 kg of fentanyl worth approximately $250,000, say police, as well as methamphetamine and crack cocaine.
Police also seized $6,000 in cash.
Police also found seven firearms, including a loaded AR15 rifle, loaded SKS, loaded sawed-off shotgun, 9mm Kriss Vector with the serial numbers removed. There was also a large bucket of ammunition in the home.
The AR-15 has been used in numerous U.S. school shootings, including the massacre in Uvalde, Texas.
Police are recommending charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, firearms offences and possession of stolen property.
The bust comes on the heels of a Mission man being sentenced for a drug operation that involved a large amount of fentanyl.
Scott William Cashman. 37, was handed a sentence of six years in the Supreme Court of B.C. in New Westminster after being convicted on seven counts of possession of controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking. Police also discovered a backpack containing $102,000 in cash under a pile of dirty clothes in a closet.
The convictions were based on the seizure of methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, ketamine, codeine, hydromorphone, and morphine.
B.C. is on track to surpass 2,000 deaths from the toxic drug crisis for a second year in a row, according to the latest death tolls from the BC Coroners Service.
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