VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Police in the Lower Mainland are showing off the spoils of “Project Treachery”, an effort to target ongoing gang violence in Metro Vancouver.
Seven people were arrested and a sizable haul of guns, drugs, explosive devices, and stolen property were seized during a raid at a farmhouse on 240th Street in Langley on Nov. 13.
It includes two improvised explosive devices, nine handguns, three assault rifles, seven stolen vehicles, more than 600 rounds of ammunition, more than 500 marijuana plants, and bulletproof vests.
The items are all said to be related to organized crime groups who are actively involved in violent crime, however police have not yet determined if any of the weapons seized had been used in recent crimes.
“Logic would dictate we’re dealing with gangsters and organized crime actively involved violence crimes. I would not be surprised to see that these things were involved in shootings that have already occurred,” VPD Investigative Services superintendent Mike Porteous said.
Seven people were arrested at the farmhouse. Charges are pending as police figure out who may have done what.
Police believe the home was being used as a staging ground, where gang members would gear up before committing violent crimes and is part of ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflicts.
“This is a significant seizure… I would estimate that this stopped and disturbed numerous shootings, possible murders and attempted murders,” Porteous said.
“Project Treachery” is spearheaded by the Vancouver Police Department and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, though police in Surrey, Langley, and Abbotsford assisted in executing warrants.