maple ridge drug bust

Police in Canada seize enough drugs to kill over 75K people in record breaking seizure

RCMP officers seized enough drugs to potentially kill "an entire Vancouver Canucks sold out home game crowd four times over," in a record-breaking Maple Ridge drug bust and haul of weapons, cash and narcotics.

The Rogers Arena, where the Canucks play their home games, has a capacity of 18,910.

A man is now in custody after Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Street Enforcement Unit (SEU) yielded the largest drug seizure in the detachment’s history.

Investigations first began back in March, when the SEU was examining activity related to the illicit drug trade and, in particular, Blue Fentanyl.

The lethal drug is believed to be linked to multiple overdose deaths throughout the lower mainland area of B.C.

According to a statement from Ridge Meadows RCMP, investigations led the team to identify a 34-year-old man who was reportedly selling drugs in the downtown core area of Maple Ridge.

City of Maple Ridge mayor Mike Morden shared images from the haul to his Facebook page on Thursday.

maple ridge drug bust

Search warrants were executed on two residences on July 15, one in Maple Ridge and one in Mission, B.C.

As a result of the search warrants, the following was seized:

Currency
  • $114,439 in Canadian Currency
Drugs
  • 3.512 kg of suspected Fentanyl (approximately 35,280 street doses)
  • Suspected meth - 2.208 kilograms (approximately 20,207 street doses)
  • Suspected cocaine/crack - 659.13 grams (approximately 4,921 street doses)
  • Suspected Ketamine - 1.64 kilograms (approximately 11,000 street doses)
  • Suspected codeine/morphine pills - 844 pills
Weapons
  • 1 Cz-75 Shadow 9mm semi-automatic pistol
  • 1 GSG MP-40 9mm fully automatic sub-machine gun with the barrel sawed off
  • 1 Makeshift silencer
  • Several boxes of ammunition, gun parts, broken down firearm receiver
  • Hard body armour

maple ridge drug bustChristopher Leigh Harmes of Maple Ridge was charged with nine offences in relation to the possession of weapons in provincial court in Port Coquitlam on July 16

This week, Ridge Meadows RCMP is forwarding 11 further drug-related charges in this investigation.

"To put this in perspective to the sheer volume of drugs that were seized, this is the equivalent of one potentially lethal dose per person for an entire Vancouver Canucks sold out home game crowd...four times over," said Inspector Aaron Paradis.

"No community should have this amount of drugs on their streets."

Photos by

Mike Morden 


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