Long term drug trafficking investigation leads to arrests and significant charges


2017-08-22 08:19 PDT

As a result of a six month long Surrey RCMP drug investigation, five individuals have now been charged with a total of 48 charges, and thousands of dosages of illicit drugs, including fentanyl and cocaine, have been seized.

In February 2017, Surrey RCMP’s Drug Section launched an investigation into a local criminal network distributing drugs throughout the Lower Mainland. This network was preying on those most vulnerable in our community, including those living on 135 A Street, and was profiting from the opioid health crisis affecting the entire region.

As a result of this long term investigation, four search warrants were executed on August 16th and August 17th in Surrey (South Surrey, Guildford), Langley, and Delta. Drug Section officers were assisted by support sections within the Surrey RCMP, Delta Police, Coquitlam RCMP, and integrated units including the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Police Dog Services (PDS).

Over the course of this investigation almost 30,000 doses of cocaine and almost 4,800 doses of heroin/fentanyl were seized. These drugs would have likely been sold to thousands of different drug users. These seizures will have a significant impact on this criminal network’s ability to distribute illicit drugs. Also recovered in the searches were 6 weapons (including 2 loaded handguns), body armour, a stolen vehicle, stolen identity cards, cash, and various materials consistent with those found at drug processing and supply sites.

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Four individuals have been arrested and charged at this time:

COSTAIN is a current Provincial Tactical Enforcement Priority (PTEP) target, which is a multi-agency law enforcement information-sharing strategy that coordinates intelligence as it relates to gang and organized crime targets.

The Surrey RCMP is appealing for the public’s assistance in locating one individual who is wanted on a warrant as a result of this investigation:

LASTORIA is described as Caucasian, 5’5 tall, 130 lbs., with blond hair, blue eyes, and a slender build. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of LASTORIA is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


This long-term drug investigation also follows similar enforcement efforts by Surrey RCMP earlier this year which resulted in arrests and charges of drug traffickers who were supplying drugs to the 135 A Street area (see previous release).

Our officers have been diligently working behind the scenes developing intelligence and proactively targeting individuals involved in the street level drug trade, says Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge, A/Comm. Dwayne McDonald. While this investigation is not tied directly to our ongoing shots fired investigations, these arrests and seizures are part of a wider, long-term effort to reduce the prevalence of drug trafficking in our communities and the resulting violence.

The Surrey RCMP continues to strive for long-term solutions on this issue and engage in a number of prevention, intervention and enforcement strategies to disrupt the drug trade and associated violence that we have seen in our city and others around the Lower Mainland.

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