A man and woman connected to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang war have been arrested in Richmond after being found in possession of a loaded handgun.
The pair was spotted coming out of a “local establishment” in Richmond last Friday, May 21 by the regional police gang enforcement team.
Officers from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) were on “proactive enforcement patrols” in the Richmond area at the time, when they noticed the man and woman leaving the premises.
According to the CFSEU-BC, the officers “quickly recognized the male as being an individual involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.”
Both of them were arrested for firearms related offences and later released pending further investigation.
The firearm was seized and has been sent to the new Provincial Forensics Firearms Lab, managed by CFSEU-BC, for processing.
“CFSEU will continue to work closely with all of our partner agencies to target those involved in organized crime and gangs that pose the greatest risk to public safety through uniform presence and overt enforcement tactics,” said Supt. Bill Spearn, operations support officer for CFSEU-BC.
“We are very pleased that another dangerous firearm has been taken off the streets. “
Richmond’s top police officer, Chief Supt. Will Ng, said the arrest “reflects the reality that gangsters and gang activity have no boundaries.
“It also shows how the collaboration between CFSEU and local agencies, like Richmond RCMP, is effectively identifying gangsters and their associates, disrupting their activities, and getting guns off the street. Our thanks go out to CFSEU, and we look forward to our continued collaboration.”