Delta Police investigators have been cracking down on the ongoing provincial gang conflict dealing with three incidents within a 72-hour period.
According to a late Tuesday news release, police say that in the late evening of Thursday, Nov. 3, officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of 92A Ave. and 117 St. in North Delta.
“Upon arrival, officers located a 22-year-old man from Delta with significant gunshot injuries,” said Delta Police. “The investigation has resulted in tips from the public and the retrieval of important surveillance video evidence. The victim is recovering in the hospital from his injuries. The investigation is ongoing.”
In an unrelated drug investigation, on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, members of the DPD Drug Investigative Support Team (DIST) executed search warrants on residences located in Richmond and North Delta.
The searches resulted in the seizure of drugs, cash, evidence of a drug trafficking operation, and firearms. Two suspects from North Delta were arrested with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT) in Vancouver on Friday afternoon. Investigators are preparing charge recommendations for Crown counsel.
In a third investigation, on Saturday, Nov. 5, DPD officers were made aware of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Upper Canyon Road in North Delta.
“Patrol officers located an unoccupied vehicle and confirmed it to be reported stolen from Surrey,” say police. “The patrol officers recognized that the contents of the vehicle indicated the car was staged in the area to be utilized for further criminal activity – potentially acts of violence associated with the current gang conflict.
Late Sunday evening Nov. 6, a suspect returned to the vehicle and was apprehended by members of the DPD with the assistance of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team (UGET). The male suspect was taken into custody for stolen property and firearms offences.
The Crown has approved charges against the suspect, and the matter is before the courts.
“The arrests made in these events highlight the coordinated response between law enforcement agencies to target those involved in the ongoing B.C. gang conflict,” added police. The DPD would like to thank its policing partners for the support provided with these investigations.
“In relation to crimes related to organized gang activity, the Delta Police is actively investigating and pursuing charges. We ask that our community be a part of keeping Delta safe by continuing to observe and report suspicious incidents.”