Vancouver police say they’ve taken millions of dollars worth of drugs off the streets in one of its biggest busts in recent memory.

Police said they seized an estimated $4-million worth of drugs and $320,000 in cash following an investigation into two “stash houses” in the city’s downtown core.


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Investigators seized about 13 kilograms of fentanyl, 11 kilograms of crystal meth, eight kilograms of benzodiazepine, and five kilograms of cocaine. Police also seized a hydraulic press, $320,000 in cash, and a firearm from units at two condo buildings.

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“I always like to highlight that for the public and for condo owners,” VPD Supt. Lisa Byrne said, “when we have this type of operation in a condo building, you can get contamination in your pipes, hallways, et cetera.”

Police suspect the illicit operation used a unique delivery system.


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“These drugs were being packaged and taken via taxi to various locations throughout the city in the Lower Mainland for resale,” Byrne said.

A 52-year-old Burnaby man and a 21-year-old man from Vancouver were arrested but released pending further investigation.

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Former VPD superintendent Kash Heed said he hopes the arrest serves as a deterrent for others.

“The great work by the police in interdicting this supply is fantastic,” he said. “But those individuals that are responsible need to be held to account.”

— With files from Emad Agahi




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